[ 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

before 900; Middle English shoten (v.), Old English scēotan; cognate with Dutch schieten, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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)


/ (ʃuːt) /

verb shoots, shooting or shot



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


[ 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


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]


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]


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


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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