shoot (one's) fox

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shoot (one's) fox

To undermine or thwart someone's plans, efforts, or ambitions by taking action that pre-empts them or makes them redundant. Primarily heard in UK. Congress may have shot the president's fox, though, with a bill that he cannot politically afford to veto, but which leaves him with no opportunity to pass his signature healthcare plan.
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shoot someone's fox

thwart someone's plans or ambitions by pre-empting them.
The expression comes from the world of fox-hunting, where shooting a fox, which robs the hunters of their sport, is viewed with great displeasure.
2004 Scotland on Sunday The Democrats had planned to make unemployment a key issue in their campaign: Dubya, with his tax cuts, has shot their fox.
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In contrast the use of any number of dogs to flush and shoot foxes remains legal in Scotland.
Clare, a lawyer and mother of three who also had the foxes in her garden shot, did not want her last name published, saying "there are probably more people who want to shoot people who shoot foxes, than people who want to shoot foxes.''
"Farmers might have to shoot foxes sometimes, but that's humane.
But the Countryside Alliance claims the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said it will give consideration to a proposal from Welsh farmers to amend the law to make it easier to flush and shoot foxes.
A TV presenter outraged animal lovers by declaring that he loves to shoot foxes. Name him.
"And yet there has only been one prosecution, for a man who was found guilty of not having enough guns to shoot foxes, which cost the League pounds 6 5, 0 0 0 ."
In my younger days I spent a lot of weekends on organised shoots to cull foxes on ICI property and came across many places where deer had been (we were only allowed to shoot foxes) but never saw a deer until one year I spotted a small herd of maybe four does and a stag.
But he admitted the hunt intended to legally shoot foxes once the new hunting season was under way in September He said: 'The hunt will abide by Mr Cisse's decision.
I've hunted since I was a youngster.': What can hunters now do within the law?:They can: Hunt rabbits or rats Flush out a fox using a maximum of two hounds and then shoot it Use hounds to flush out a mammal to be hunted by a bird of prey Use terriers to flush out and shoot foxes to protect game birds Go drag-hunting or trail-hunting, in which hounds follow a trail of an artificial scent Exercise packs of hounds without hunting with them.: Men arrested under hunting laws:Three men from South Wales were arrested at the weekend under the new anti-hunt legislation.
Using terriers to flush and shoot foxes, to protect gamebirds.
'They will shoot foxes and cubs will starve or be gassed and I get very upset about it.
Although it's still going to be legal to shoot foxes in England and Wales, the ban on hounds will (if upheld in an expected court challenge) end a traditional English country sport that goes back hundreds of years.
People who shoot foxes at night employ strong lights to pick up a fox's eyes and shoot down the beam, giving the fox little or no chance.