shoot up

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
Recent Examples on the Web Many Amazon sellers use software to set prices, which automatically shoot up when inventory is low. Fortune, "Amazon’s crackdown on price-gouging of cleaning supplies made shortages worse," 11 June 2020 Five years from now, the consultancy's estimates suggest that could shoot up to nearly 50%. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Chinese shoppers are giving luxury brands some hope," 11 June 2020 During his first court appearance, Manshaus was seen battered and bruised after his plans to shoot up the Oslo mosque were stopped by Rafiq. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Man who attacked Norwegian mosque gets maximum penalty of 21-year prison sentence," 11 June 2020 Tony asks if the cops know about Tyler's season 2 threat to shoot up the dance, but Tyler says no. Martha Sorren,, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 Its home deliveries have shot up from less than 5% of new-vehicle sales to nearly a quarter of all sales, said Liza Borches is CEO of Carter Myers Automotive. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 will change the way we buy cars forever. Here's how," 28 May 2020 As a result, the $54 billion global bicycle market, which grew 6.9% last year, should see some road-bike categories shoot up 35% this year, according to WinterGreen Research, based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Olga Kharif,, "Bicycle Sales Surge With Americans Eager to Get Moving Again," 19 May 2020 In its most recent quarter, the mega-retailer said its US e-commerce sales shot up 74% versus the same period last year, driven by a surge of store pickups of online grocery orders as well as delivery. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Covid-19 is helping Walmart make up ground against Amazon," 19 May 2020 In spite of Musk's penchant for controversy, the stock is up more than 90% this year and has shot up 245% over the past 12 months. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Wall Street still loves Elon Musk and Tesla. Here's why," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of shoot up

1890, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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17 Jun 2020

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“Shoot up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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