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 Recent data from the Bank of England and European Central Bank show that household savings rates shot up in some of Europe's biggest economies in March. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Our pandemic shopping habits are here to stay. Brands are racing to adapt," 27 May 2020 But this March, enrollments shot up out of season and exceeded the usual busy period by about 27,000 people per month. oregonlive, "In Oregon, food stamp applications shoot sky high during coronavirus economic crisis," 14 May 2020 Coronavirus cases shot up to a new weekly record last week, with more than 13,000 new infections reported. Los Angeles Times, "California coronavirus deaths hit stubborn plateau; experts fearful about future," 11 May 2020 On Monday, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) stated that calls to poison control centers shot up at the beginning of March 2020, around the time that COVID-19 cases started increasing in the US. Maggie O'neill,, "How to Use Cleaning Chemicals Safely, According to Experts," 22 Apr. 2020 The divorce rate shot up in parts of China after movement restrictions were lifted. Patrick J. Lyons, New York Times, "Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today," 19 Mar. 2020 While the citywide numbers dropped a bit, numbers shot up in some police districts that are mostly residential and rarely show up in guidebooks. Heather Knight,, "It’s goodbye Beach Chalet and hello Safeway for increasingly brazen SF car break-in thieves," 31 Jan. 2020 As the case tally shot up over the last few days, officials say that there is clear evidence that the virus is spreading from person to person, and at least 14 medical staff members contracted the virus. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Outbreak of new virus explodes in China; human-to-human spread confirmed," 20 Jan. 2020 Downloads and video views shot up in the following weeks and kept the song afloat in the upper ranks of the Japan Hot 100 for the better part of 2019. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Kenshi Yonezu's 'Lemon' Logs Historic Second Year at No. 1 on Billboard Japan's 2019 Year-End Charts," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shoot up

1890, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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30 May 2020

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“Shoot up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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