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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Beamer has a chance to shoot up these rankings in the coming years. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 19 July 2022 Del Norte High was one of five Poway Unified School District campuses placed on lockdown Thursday, after somebody called in an anonymous threat to shoot up the high school and a nearby elementary school. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2022 China produces most of the professional-grade fireworks that shoot up into the air and produce colorful, dazzling bursts in various shapes. Anita Snow, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2022 China produces most of the professional-grade fireworks that shoot up into the air and produce colorful, dazzling bursts in various shapes. Anita Snow, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2022 The Army flailed about for a purpose, toying with cannons that can shoot up to 1,000 miles and hypersonic weapons to assert itself as indispensable on a future Asian battlefield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2022 If Drake or Travis Scott, for instance, sports a new shoe or even an old one and posts them on their social media, the price of that shoe will shoot up. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 16 June 2022 After highs in the mid-70s on Wednesday (about 10 degrees below normal), temperatures will shoot up into the mid-90s on Thursday and Friday (about 10 degrees above normal). Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2022 Most loners never shoot up a school, and those that do make up an impossibly small number. Daniel Buck, National Review, 6 June 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

5 Aug 2022

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“Shoot up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoot%20up. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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