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1. To grow, rise, or increase very quickly or dramatically. Wow, you kids have really shot up since you were here last summer! Stocks in the company shot up when they announced the impressive sales figures for their latest product. Rental prices have started shooting up in this area over the last couple of years.
2. slang To use recreational drugs intravenously, especially heroin. This is a nasty part of town—you can find someone shooting up around just about every corner.
3. To attack a place and/or the people there with gunfire. The gang of criminals shot up the sheriff's town in retribution for their leader's arrest. A deranged gunman began shooting up a shopping mall earlier today.
4. To shoot someone or something repeatedly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shoot" and "up." The suspect was wielding a knife, but police shot him up before he could attack anyone. The kids took their dad's handgun and started shooting up the side of the old barn.
1. A situation in which opposing people or groups of people shoot at each other with guns; a gunfight or shoot-out. Sometimes left unhyphenated. The shoot-up between government soldiers and rebel fighters lasted well into the night. A gang feud is being blamed for the shoot-up at the mall yesterday afternoon.
2. An attack perpetrated by a person or multiple people shooting guns at others, especially unarmed bystanders; a mass shooting. Sometimes left unhyphenated. It was discovered that the man had been stockpiling weapons and ammunition in preparation for a shoot up at a local movie theater.
1. Shot multiple times. My car was parked outside the bank during the robbery, and it got totally shot up during the gunfight between the criminals and the police. The poor man was so shot up by the time he arrived at the hospital that the doctors had little chance of saving his life.
2. Intoxicated as a result of taking intravenous drugs, especially heroin. I grew up watching so many people around me waste their lives getting shot up that I vowed never to touch any kind of drug as long as I lived. I stumbled into one of the bedrooms during the party where a few people were getting shot up.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
shoot a place upand shoot the place up
Fig. to fire a gun in or at a place, usually at people. The cowboy walked into the saloon and began to shoot the place up. They shot up the place.
Sl. to take drugs by injection. Wallace was caught by the cops shooting up in the high school rest room.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
1. Severely wounded by gunfire; see shoot up, def. 2.
2. Drugged; see shoot up, def. 3.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
shoot up (on something)
1. in. to inject (a drug). (see also shoot.) He couldn’t wait to get home and shoot up.
2. n. an injection of narcotics. (Drugs. Usually shoot-up.) Marlowe watched the dame do a shoot-up on H. and settle down so they could talk.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.