shoot up

verb
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of shoot up

1 : to shoot or shoot at especially recklessly
  • cowboys shooting up the town
2 : to inject (a narcotic drug) into a vein
: to inject a narcotic into a vein

shoot-up

play \ˈshüt-ˌəp\ noun

Examples of shoot up in a Sentence

  1. gas prices shot up seemingly overnight

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First Known Use of shoot up

1890

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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