- 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.
- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR shoot
Idioms about 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
Words nearby shoot
Other definitions for shoot (2 of 2)
How to use shoot in a sentence
We spoke with Egan about where the green shoots are and how publishers’ relationships with platforms are shifting.‘We’re getting more used to the uncertainty’: BBC Global News chief on ad-funded news|Lucinda Southern|September 10, 2020|Digiday
Today, green shoots of community intelligence can be seen all around us.The race for a COVID-19 vaccine shows the power of ‘community intelligence’|matthewheimer|September 9, 2020|Fortune
It’s so popular that couples carve out time in the itinerary to make a shoot happen, often with the help of drones.
He has also adapted to the growing demands of his clients, whether they want to be subject of their own styled shoot or simply geek out on photography.
His answers were so direct that the planned shoot was over in about half an hour, Ebersole says.‘House of Cardin’ aims to be more than a fashion documentary|radmarya|August 27, 2020|Fortune
Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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!”
I was right, so it seems, about getting ashore before the enemy could see to shoot out to sea.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
That was a considerable sensible commandment of yourn, always to shoot the foremost of the Mexicans when they attacked.
"But I don't see what you can shoot with it," said Davy, feeling that he was somehow getting the worst of the argument.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Thereafter he ran away from school twice, having been seized with a romantic and irresistible desire to see and shoot a lion!Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
The sentinels seemed much alarmed, and drew up their carbines as if to shoot.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for shoot
- to talk indiscreetly
- to boast or exaggerate
Word Origin for shoot
Scientific definitions for shoot
Other 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.