verb (used with object), shot, shoot·ing.
- to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
- to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
- to throw (the dice or a specific number).
- to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money): I'll shoot ten bucks.
verb (used without object), shot, shoot·ing.
- to propel a ball, puck, etc., at a goal, basket, pocket, etc., or in a specific direction: He shot for the green with a five iron.
- to propel a ball in a specific way: The center shoots left-handed.
- a small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
- a narrow vein of ore.
- to cause to fall by hitting with a shot: They shot down several ducks.
- Informal. to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate; debunk: to shoot down a popular theory.
- to grow rapidly or suddenly.
- Informal. to damage or harass by reckless shooting: cowboys shooting up the town.
- to wound by shooting: He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.
- Slang. to inject an addictive drug intravenously.
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Idioms for shoot
- to talk indiscreetly, especially to reveal confidences, make thoughtless remarks, etc.
- to exaggerate: He likes to shoot off his mouth about what a great guy he is.
Origin of shoot1
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Example sentences from the Web for shoot
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The brand logo turned out to feature a graceful archer on horseback, in a Tatar national costume, poised to shoot his arrow.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible|Anna Nemtsova|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the beginning of the video and before the call to kill police, you can hear what sounds like, “arms up, shoot back!”
Some of the slogans used that night—including “arms up, shoot back!”
I know you would as soon lasso a wild cowboy as shoot a basket.Jane Allen: Center|Edith Bancroft
It orders its servants to lay aside pity and burn peasants in their homes, to bayonet women and children, to shoot old men.Golden Lads|Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
He tells me to say he does not wish to attack and shoot you all down, though you deserve it.The Kopje Garrison|George Manville Fenn
Thus one aims at, say, a rabbit; what he wants is to shoot straight: a certain kind of activity.Democracy and Education|John Dewey
In testing the function of these bows and their ability to shoot, a bamboo flight arrow made by Ishi was used as the standard.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
British Dictionary definitions for shoot
verb shoots, shooting or shot
- to talk indiscreetly
- to boast or exaggerate
Word Origin for shoot
Scientific definitions for shoot
Idioms and Phrases with 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
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- sure as shooting
- whole ball of wax (shooting match)
Also see undershot.