shoot up


Definition of shoot up 

transitive verb

1 : to shoot or shoot at especially recklessly cowboys shooting up the town

2 : to inject (a narcotic drug) into a vein

intransitive verb

: to inject a narcotic into a vein

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Other Words from shoot up

shoot-up \ˈshüt-​ˌəp \ noun

Examples of shoot up in a Sentence

gas prices shot up seemingly overnight

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And thick rib knit cuffs on the sleeves and bottom of the jacket mean the wind won't be shooting up to freeze you from the inside out. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Carhartt's Active Jac," 19 Nov. 2018 Just beyond, a glass elevator shoots up to Whiskey Blue, a Gerber Group club and lounge on the 12th floor. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Hotels in Atlanta," 27 July 2018 Some retailers are experimenting with blue lights to prevent drug users from shooting up in their restrooms. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: A poll commissioned by Bush and Biden shows Americans losing confidence in democracy," 26 June 2018 The Times’ examination of thousands of pages of financial documents from Fred Trump’s buildings shows that his costs shot up once All County entered the picture. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Then, three to five days after the first symptoms, the infection's signature rash breaks out and the fever shoots up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the CDC says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights Possibly Exposed to Measles," 11 Sep. 2018 Ilagen said purchases of the specific ball Woods is using – the Bridgestone Tour B XS – have shot up 265 percent, and that’s before the special edition with a special Woods logo went on sale this week in California. Tod Leonard,, "Woods heads to Masters with Tigermania in full bloom," 1 Apr. 2018 But the housing market here has cooled way down, with King County prices dropping from their spring highs as inventory has shot up and sales have dropped. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle dethroned as nation’s hottest housing market after nearly two years," 28 Aug. 2018 That number will shoot up to 9 million subscribers by the end of 2018 and double to more than 18 million subscribers by the end of 2020. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Price hikes for cord-cutters. What gives?," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of shoot up

1890, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of shoot up was in 1890

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