the attack and destruction of an aircraft in flight.
the shooting and killing of someone in cold blood.
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How to use shootdown in a sentence
Shoot down or drive off the tankers and the fighters never make it back.The Pentagon May Finally Have a Plan to Keep America on Top | Bill Sweetman | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I thought North Korea might shoot down the plane, I thought they could hear my thoughts,” she says, grinning.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State | Lizzie Crocker | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But after the shoot-down of MH17, the White House may begin to look at sending more sophisticated equipment to Ukraine.Exclusive: Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to Counter Russia's Jet-Killers | Eli Lake | July 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Terrorist groups could certainly use those weapons in an attempt to shoot down an airliner.
The missile system most likely used to shoot down Malaysia Airline MH17 is common, lethal, and crewed by men with little training.
Finally, in the month of May, they commenced to shoot down Union men in the streets.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
Mr. Brownlow was in the street at the time they made propositions to shoot down other Union men.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
And if those other sons of pigs in the canoes board us, we white men will shoot down every last one o you here.Cursed | George Allan England
We have sworn vengeance on such people and will shoot down like a mad dog men whom we learn to be members of the Klan.The Modern Ku Klux Klan | Henry Peck Fry
The eagle sees the rabbit a great way off, and he will immediately shoot down and seize it.Red Hunters And the Animal People | Charles A. Eastman
British Dictionary definitions for shoot down
to shoot callously
to cause to fall to earth by hitting with a missile
to defeat or disprove: he shot down her argument
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shootdown
Ruin the aspirations of, disappoint, as in Bill was hoping Sharon would go out with him, but she shot him down.
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