shoot through


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shoot through

1. To pierce or riddle someone or something with one or more projectiles, such as bullets or arrows. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "shoot" and "through." The gangster shot the man through with a Tommy gun Cupid must have shot my heart through with his arrow, for I have fallen hopelessly in love with you!
2. To move or travel through some place very quickly. Janet shot through the office so fast that she didn't even hear me say, "Hello." The speeding car shot through town at deadly speeds before crashing into the side of a building.
3. informal To leave or depart, especially very suddenly. Primarily heard in UK, New Zealand. The creative director shot through just six months into the project, leaving the rest of us a bit stranded. My would-be husband said he wanted kids but shot through the moment I told him I was pregnant.
See also: shoot, through

shoot through (to somewhere)

To hastily depart, abscond, or flee (to some place), especially so as to avoid doing or dealing with something unpleasant or unwanted. Primarily heard in US, New Zealand. After Joey found out I was pregnant, he shot through to Sydney as soon as he had enough money for a ticket. Many young people would rather shoot through rather than face the consequences of their actions.
See also: shoot, through
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