shoot1 S2 W2 past tense and past participle shot
to deliberately kill or injure someone using a gun:
Police shot one suspect when he pulled a gun on them.
Smith killed his wife, and then shot himself.
A woman was shot dead in an attempted robbery.
shoot somebody in the leg/head etc
He had been shot in the back while trying to escape.
The guards have orders to shoot intruders on sight (=shoot them as soon as they see them).
to make a bullet or arrow come from a weapon:
fire a gun etc[intransitive and transitive]
Don't shoot! I'm coming out with my hands up.
Two guys walked in and started shooting at people.
The soldiers had orders to shoot to kill (=shoot at someone with the intention of killing them).
They shot arrows from behind the thick bushes.
shoot a gun/rifle etc
Tod's grandfather taught him to shoot a rifle.
to shoot and kill animals or birds as a sport:
birds/animals[intransitive and transitive]DSO
They spent the weekend in Scotland shooting grouse.
to move quickly in a particular direction, or to make something move in this way:
move quickly[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
She shot past me into the house.
The cat shot across the garden.
'Where does cotton come from?' Ron's hand shot up. 'America, Miss!'
The fountain shoots water 20 feet into the air.
to kick or throw a ball in a sport such as football or basketball towards the place where you can get a point:
try to score[intransitive and transitive]DS
Giggs shot from the halfway line.
to look at someone quickly, especially so that other people do not see, to show them how you feel
look at somebodyalso shoot a glance at somebody
shoot somebody a quick/sharp/warning etc look/glance
'You're welcome to stay as long as you like.' Michelle shot him a furious glance.
Jack shot an anxious look at his mother.
to take photographs or make a film of something:
photograph/film[intransitive and transitive]TCN
The movie was shot in New Zealand.
if pain shoots through your body, you feel it going quickly through it
pain[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
A sharp pain suddenly shot along his arm.
shooting pains (=continuous short pains passing through your body)
if people shoot it out, they fight using guns, especially until one person or group is killed or defeated by the other:
a scene in which the cops shoot it out with the drug dealers
to say or do something stupid that will cause you a lot of trouble:
If he keeps talking, pretty soon he'll shoot himself in the foot.
to ask someone a lot of questions very quickly:
The prosecutor shot a series of rapid questions at Hendrickson.
to talk about something that you should not talk about or that you know nothing about:
Don't go shooting your mouth off.
13 American English informal
to have an informal conversation about unimportant things:
Cal and I were sitting on the porch, shooting the breeze.
14 American English spoken
used to tell someone to start speaking:
'I have a few questions.' 'OK, shoot.'
to say what you think in a direct way, or make a decision very quickly, without thinking about it first
to suddenly become very famous:
Brian, an air steward, shot to fame on the television show 'Big Brother'.
to suddenly become very successful in the popular music charts (=the list of records that have sold the most copies that week):
Westlife's new album shot straight to the top of the charts.
to practise throwing basketballs into the basket
to sail a small boat along a river that is moving very fast over rocks, as a sport:
He was shooting the rapids when his canoe capsized.
to play the game of pool
21 American English informal
to play the game of craps
if a plant shoots, a new part of it starts to grow, especially a new stem and leaves
to move the bolt on a door so that it is in the locked or unlocked position
lock on a door[transitive]
24 British English informal also have shot your wad informal American English
to have used all of your money, power, energy etc
➔ blame/shoot the messengerat messenger1 (2)
shoot somebody/something ↔ downphrasal verb
to make an enemy plane crash to the ground, by firing weapons at it:
His plane was shot down over France in 1944.
to kill or seriously injure someone by shooting them, especially someone who cannot defend themselves:
The army were accused of shooting down unarmed demonstrators.
to say or show that someone's ideas or opinions are wrong or stupid:
I tried to help, but all my suggestions were shot down in flames, as usual.
shoot for/at somethingphrasal verb
We are shooting for a 50% increase in sales in the next financial year.
shoot offphrasal verb
Sorry, but I'll have to shoot off before the end of the meeting.
shoot throughphrasal verb
Australian English informal
to leave a place quickly, especially in order to avoid someone or something
➔ be shot through with somethingat shot2 (3)
shoot upphrasal verb
to increase very quickly and suddenly:
Demand for water has shot up by 70% over the last 30 years.
if a child shoots up, he or she grows taller very quickly and suddenly:
I can't believe this is Joshua - he's shot up since we last saw him!
to cause serious injury or damage to someone or something by shooting them with bullets:
Then two men came in and shot up the entire lobby.
to put illegal drugs into your blood, using a needle:
Kids as young as ten are shooting up heroin.