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

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Gore was a California League All-Star after posting a 1.02 ERA in 15 starts with high Single-A Lake Elsinore, represented the Padres in the All-Star Futures Game and shot up to No. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: MacKenzie Gore named MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year," 5 Sep. 2019 The ball hit the seam where the artificial turf meets the dirt and shot up toward Escobar’s head. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks turn around slow start, dump Dodgers again," 30 Aug. 2019 Health insurance premiums for individual policies had shot up by as much as 67 percent, among the steepest increases in the country. Michael Olive, The Christian Science Monitor, "States adopt 'reinsurance pools' to keep premiums low," 10 Apr. 2018 Many have turned to fentanyl, a stronger and more addictive drug that requires more frequent doses: A heroin addict who shot up once or twice a day with a needle is now getting high 15 times a day. Milton J. Valencia,, "Boston picks up 14,000 discarded needles each week," 4 Sep. 2019 In August of this year, the number shot up: the President made or shared fifty-two direct insults on his Twitter feed, by my count. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Wacky, Angry, and Extreme August," 3 Sep. 2019 People say someone will shoot up the school tomorrow. Nicole Hockley, Quartz, "Four out of five mass shooters give you the power to stop them," 9 Aug. 2019 Dunson was previously convicted of unlawful use of a firearm in 2017 after shooting up her boyfriend’s car following an argument, according to court documents. Diana Kruzman | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland woman allegedly beat police officer with his own baton," 3 Aug. 2019 Last year’s pick, Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone shot up the charts the day after Fallon announced it had been selected, jumping up to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. Maria Pasquini,, "Jimmy Fallon Is Kicking Off His Summer Book Club — and Needs You to Vote on Your Favorite Novel," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of shoot up

1890, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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