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shoot up

Sl. to take drugs by injection. Wallace was caught by the cops shooting up in the high school rest room.
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shoot up

1. to increase very quickly in size or amount The boy shot up two inches over the summer. Temperatures shot up into the mid-90s today. With new technology, productivity shot up.
2. to rise quickly and forcefully Flames were shooting up from the burning house.
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shoot up something

also shoot something up
1. (slang) to take an illegal drug by using a needle Some athletes are suspected of shooting up steroids to improve their strength.
Usage notes: also used in the form shoot someone up (give someone a drug by using a needle): Jim was the first one to shoot me up with heroin.
Etymology: based on the medical meaning of give a shot (give medicine using a needle)
2. to fire guns, causing great damage to a place Old western movies usually have a scene where some bad guys ride in and shoot up the town.
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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]
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shoot up

v.
1. To increase dramatically in amount: The stock shot up after the merger was announced.
2. To grow or get taller rapidly: Your daughter has really shot up since I last saw her.
3. To riddle someone or something with bullets: The sharpshooter shot up the target. Some gangsters drove by with machine guns and shot him up.
4. To damage or terrorize something, such as a town, by intense or random gunfire: The bandits got drunk and shot up the town. The gangsters shot the bar up when the owner refused to pay them.
5. Slang To inject oneself with a drug using a hypodermic needle: There were drug addicts shooting up in the hallway.
6. Slang To inject a drug into someone using a hypodermic needle: The nurse shot up the patient with a sedative. They shot her up with morphine.
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shoot up

verb
See shoot
See also: shoot, up

shoot up

verb
See also: shoot, up