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be shot

1. To be physically, mentally, or emotionally exhausted. After two hours in the gym and another hour swimming, I was shot by the time I got home. I'm already pretty shot from writing essays, and I still have another one to write for tomorrow.
2. To be in a bad condition or totally destroyed. I wish I could have the repairs finished sooner, but I'm afraid your engine's shot. Between dealing with mounting debt, my four children, and my recent divorce, my nerves are pretty shot at the moment.
3. To be filmed. The surprise independent hit was shot on a budget of less than $100,000.
4. Of resources, money, etc., to be wasted, spent, or used up. I can't believe my entire budget for a week in Las Vegas was shot in the first day!
See also: shot

be (all) ˈshot (to ˈpieces)

(informal) be destroyed or in very bad condition: All my dreams were shot to pieces when I heard the news.This engine’s totally shot. I’ll have to get a new one.
See also: shot


1. n. a try at something. Go ahead. Give it another shot.
2. mod. exhausted; ruined. Here’s your pen back. It’s shot anyway.
3. n. a rocket launching. The shot was canceled because of the weather.
4. n. a small or quickly drunk drink of liquor, usually whiskey. He stopped at every bar on the strip for a quick shot.
5. n. an injection of drugs. Just one shot of that stuff and you’re hooked for life.
6. mod. alcohol intoxicated. They are a little noisy, I guess, but after all they are shot—you know, plastered.
References in classic literature ?
Every acre of Queen's Norton is mortgaged, and I'm shot if I can see how we're going to pay the interest.
If I'm happy I'm shot down, if I'm sad I'm shot down.
The 27-year-old said: "It's a 20-minute portion of the film that I'm shot with the towel so it was probably about 15 or 20 days.
I knew that I would be naked, I'm shot mainly from the back, anything from the front is lit very discreetly," he explains.
All my family are ill and I'm shot to pieces with having to look after them.
No, it's not, I'm shot," she replied before keeling over.
The response is similarly predictable - I'm shot a look of contempt and a worrying level of sarcasm for a four-year-old as she looks up at me incredulously before replying: "Please, daddy.
But Jackson fired: "They are trying to convince themselves I'm shot.
People say I've lost my power and I'm shot but I've been to the fountain of youth and I'm going to come back and shock them all.
I know it's going to happen before my 40th birthday because after I'm shot I see a birthday cake with 40 candles on it.