Nearby words

  1. shoogle,
  2. shook,
  3. shook up,
  4. shool,
  5. shoon,
  6. shoot down,
  7. shoot for,
  8. shoot from the hip,
  9. shoot off one's mouth,
  10. shoot one's bolt

Idioms

Origin of shoot

1
before 900; Middle English shoten (v.), Old English scēotan; cognate with Dutch schieten, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot1

shoot

2
[ shoot ]
/ ʃut /

interjection

(used to express irritation or astonishment).

Origin of shoot

2
1875–80, Americanism; alteration of shit, conformed to shoot1

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British Dictionary definitions for shoot

shoot

/ (ʃuːt) /

verb shoots, shooting or shot

noun

interjection

US and Canadian an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc

Word Origin for shoot

Old English sceōtan; related to Old Norse skjōta, Old High German skiozan to shoot, Old Slavonic iskydati to throw out

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Word Origin and History for shoot
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Science definitions for shoot

shoot

[ shōōt ]

The part of a vascular plant that is above ground, including the stem and leaves. The tips of shoots contain the apical meristem.
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Idioms and Phrases with shoot

shoot

In addition to the idioms beginning with shoot

  • shoot down
  • shoot for
  • shoot from the hip
  • shoot off one's mouth
  • shoot one's bolt
  • shoot oneself in the foot
  • shoot straight
  • shoot the breeze
  • shoot the works
  • shoot up

also see:

  • like shooting fish in a barrel
  • sure as shooting
  • whole ball of wax (shooting match)

Also see undershot.

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