shoot up

verb

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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Most transfixing are the images of noses that somehow, magically, appear smaller after being shot up with sugar gel. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty Is Everywhere These Days — But Are "Liquid Nose Jobs" Safe?," 29 Aug. 2018 The number of teens who smoke pot shot up 22 percent last year. Alison Storm, Redbook, "6 Ways to Help Kids (Including Yours) Stay Drug-Free," 18 June 2011 Chinese gasoline prices shot up nearly 14% in the January-to-November period from a year earlier. WSJ, "Chinese Consumers Curb Spending, Likely Deepening Slowdown," 3 Jan. 2019 Unemployment rates shot up, and now 70 percent of the county's children live in poverty. Claire Galofaro, Fox News, "Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence," 15 Sep. 2018 Distress over the mind-body mismatch can become especially intense around puberty, and the risk of suicide shoots up for young people in this situation. Denise Grady, The Seattle Times, "Anatomy does not determine gender, experts say," 22 Oct. 2018 Hands from both sides shot up and a tense few minutes ensued, with the Soviet linesman, Tofik Bakhramov of Azerbaijan, first denying the goal and then, following consultation with the referee, allowing it. Gianluca Costantini, CNN, "From headbutts to the 'Hand of God': 11 moments that shook the World Cup," 7 June 2018 Down The number of those detained for more than six months in Saudi Arabia without trial has shot up from 293 in 2014 to 2,305 earlier this year, according to data analyzed by Human Rights Watch. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Women’s-Rights Activists in Widening Crackdown on Dissent," 20 Nov. 2018 Temperatures will shoot up into the upper 80s under a west/northwest wind at 5 to 15 mph. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight. Becoming mostly sunny and hot on Thursday.," 27 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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