shoot up


shot up; shooting up; shoots up

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to inject a narcotic into a vein
shoot-up noun

Examples of shoot up in a Sentence

gas prices shot up seemingly overnight
Recent Examples on the Web It's been around $219 since May and only just shot up to over $300 on Amazon at the beginning of November. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 Since Venkat took over in November 2021, the company’s shares have fallen 26%, while those of its competitors like HSBC have shot up by 37%. Byprarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 24 Nov. 2023 Cocoa futures in New York have shot up more than two-thirds over the past year. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 Like many consumer items impacted by inflation, prices of Christmas trees have shot up in recent years. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2023 From 2021 to 2022, when Roe v. Wade was overturned, the share shot up 10%. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 20 Nov. 2023 On Monday, traffic on downtown streets increased by 15% over the normal daily amount — that shot up to 26% above normal Tuesday, according to Laura Rubio-Cornejo, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 In one viral video, musician Kid Rock shot up several cases of the brew with a rifle to signal his disapproval of the brand. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2023 According to the comprehensive diversity in film report released by Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in August, Asians were the only characters of color to see a steady increase in the past 16 years, shooting up from 3% of speaking characters in 2007 to 16% in 2022. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoot up was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Shoot up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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