shoot-up

[ shoot-uhp ]
/ ˈʃutˌʌp /

noun Slang.

an act or instance of injecting an addictive drug intravenously.

Nearby words

  1. shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
  2. shoot-'em-up,
  3. shoot-em-up,
  4. shoot-off,
  5. shoot-out,
  6. shootaround,
  7. shootdown,
  8. shooter,
  9. shootie,
  10. shooting

Origin of shoot-up

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase shoot up

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

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British Dictionary definitions for shoot up

shoot up

verb (adverb)

(intr) to grow or become taller very fast
(tr) to hit with a number of shots
(tr) to spread terror throughout (a place) by lawless and wanton shooting
(tr) slang to inject (someone, esp oneself) with (a drug, esp heroin)

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 up
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Science definitions for shoot up

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 up

shoot up

1

Grow or get taller very rapidly, as in She's really shot up in the last year, and now she's taller than her mother. [First half of 1500s]

2

Riddle with bullets; damage or terrorize with gunfire. For example, I liked the scene in which the cowboy stomps into the saloon, gets drunk, and shoots the place up. [Late 1800s]

3

Inject a drug intravenously, especially an illegal drug. For example, The police caught him shooting up and arrested him. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

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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