shoot up

verb
shot up; shooting up; shoots 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 How to pronounce shoot-up (audio) \ noun

Examples of shoot up in a Sentence

gas prices shot up seemingly overnight

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Bogaerts had gone from someone who was spreading the field with balls in play in equal measure to the pull side, up the middle, and the opposite field, to someone whose pull rate had shot up to roughly 44 percent. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "An early riser in Red Sox system, Xander Bogaerts hasn’t stopped shooting for the stars," 9 July 2019 The explosives included fireworks that could shoot up to 125 feet in the sky, police said. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Illegal fireworks boom in East Bay: San Leandro bust and Contra Costa fires," 5 July 2019 The immediate impact was on oil prices, which shot up as much as 4% following the attacks and rose another 1% on Friday. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "'We don't take it lightly': What we know about oil tanker blasts and Donald Trump's escalating rhetoric on Iran," 14 June 2019 And slider velocity has risen — from 80.4 mph in 2002 to 84.5 this season — roughly in tandem with fastball velocity, which has shot up from 89.0 to 93.0 mph in the same span. Dave Sheinin, The Denver Post, "Even in MLB’s Year of the Slider, Matthew Boyd’s designer version cuts through," 6 June 2019 The grass, razor sharp and always drenched by rain or dew, shoots up to 12 feet or more all over the reserve, and traveling along the overgrown tracks is no joke. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 Merle was one of many business leaders at a forum Monday night who appealed to the city to do more about public safety and people living outdoors, whose numbers have shot up to be among the highest in the nation. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Feeling abandoned by City Hall, Seattle businesses try to respond to homelessness," 16 Oct. 2018 Now, without knowing who shot up the Capital newsroom, some people were connecting dots. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, "After newsroom shootings, a quick collapse into blame and division," 28 June 2018 The white car returned and those inside used two assault rifles and a handgun to shoot up the house. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Her blood is on your hands': Judge gives 35 years to 1 of 3 men in killing of 9-year-old Za'Layia Jenkins," 15 June 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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