[ shoot-uhp ]

  1. an act or instance of injecting an addictive drug intravenously.

Origin of shoot-up

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

Words Nearby shoot-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use shoot-up in a sentence

  • Other children would shoot up like corn stalks, but I stayed right where I had been in the months and years past.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • You see, we had no town to shoot up, so we just punctured the scenery.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
  • An honorable member who had been expelled for the use of too strong language, returned to "shoot up" the House.

    Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers
  • The posts are poles cut from the trees' branches and when stuck in the ground they shoot up so rapidly that they soon are trees.

  • Such beginnings made people think that he should soon shoot up into a giant.

British Dictionary definitions for shoot up

shoot up

  1. (intr) to grow or become taller very fast

  2. (tr) to hit with a number of shots

  1. (tr) to spread terror throughout (a place) by lawless and wanton shooting

  2. (tr) slang to inject (someone, esp oneself) with (a drug, esp heroin)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]

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