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noun Slang.

an act or instance of injecting an addictive drug intravenously.



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Origin of shoot-up

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

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