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shoot down

1. To reject, foil, or disappoint the aspirations of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shoot" and "down." I asked John out for a date, but he shot me down. The committee shot down our plans for a new apartment block. The candidate was able to shoot down each of his opponents' claims with indisputable proof.
2. To fire upon an aircraft in order to destroy it or force it to land or crash. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shoot" and "down." We're under orders to shoot down any aircraft in the no-fly zone. If they enter our airspace, shoot them down.
See also: down, shoot

shoot (someone, something, or an animal) down

to bring down someone, something, or an animal by gunfire. Fred shot Mike down in the street. They shot down the plane.
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shoot something down

Fig. to foil a plan through criticism; to counter an idea with criticism. (Based on shoot someone, something, or an animal down.) He raised a good point, but the others shot him down almost immediately. Liz shot down Jeff's best idea.
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shoot down

1. Ruin the aspirations of, disappoint, as in Bill was hoping Sharon would go out with him, but she shot him down.
2. Reject, defeat; also, expose as false. For example, It was the best idea I could come up with, but they unanimously shot it down, or It was inevitable that they would shoot down any claim made by the opposing candidate. This colloquial expression, which alludes to bringing down an aircraft or game bird by shooting, is sometimes intensified as shoot down in flames, originally (in World War I) referring to bringing down enemy aircraft but the late 1950s extended to decisively defeating anyone or anything.
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shoot somebody/something ˈdown (in ˈflames)

(informal) be very critical of somebody’s ideas, opinions, suggestions, etc: I thought it was a brilliant idea, but she shot it down in flames.

shoot down

v.
1. To cause something to collapse or fall by striking it with bullets, missiles, or some other projectile; gun down: They shot down the attacking airplanes. The kids released a balloon and shot it down with an air rifle.
2. To kill someone by shooting them; gun down: They stormed into the office and shot down everyone there. The assassin walked up to her target and shot him down.
3. To discredit someone or someone's proposal: Whenever I offer an opinion, they just shoot me down. The council shot down the mayor's proposal. I'm afraid this new evidence shoots down our old theory of what happened.
4. To ruin the aspirations of someone: Their sneers and insults shot me down. A bad critic can shoot down even a very determined artist.
5. To put an end to something; defeat something: The opposition was able to shoot down the proposal. The electorate shot the incumbent down.
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shoot someone or something down

tv. to ruin someone or something; to debunk someone or something. (see also shot down.) Just as I was making the final point, she shot me down with a simple fact I should have remembered.

shot down

1. mod. demolished; destroyed. I felt shot down, even though I was sure of what I was getting into.
2. mod. rejected by a young woman. Tiffany is a cruel chick. I was shot down from day one.
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shoot down, to

To refute an argument completely; to debunk or expose as false. The term comes from aerial warfare in World War I and is also put as “shoot down in flames.” During World War II it began to be used figuratively as well. J. B. Hilton used it in Playground of Death (1981): “Please shoot me down in flames if you think I’m making a bloody fool of myself.”
See also: shoot
References in classic literature ?
He will stand where he is and shoot us down till he has killed every man among us.
The widow told us a detailed story of how her late husband and his three companions attempted to shoot us down. We were shocked by her narration and at how accurate the details were of our movements, our schedules, our whereabouts.
"Those are people who built us up, and then when we lose games they are very quick to shoot us down. We have never talked ourselves up.
"They lock us up, they shoot us down. Ain't no justice in this town!" Black Lives Matters demonstrators shouted as they paraded south through Washington Park in sub-20-degree temperatures.
They just shoot us down mid song no matter what our strategy.
Protesters, some with megaphones and black masks covering their faces, shouted "Shoot us down, we shut you down", along with expletives directed at the police.
Afraid of the minions of the Big Brother lying in wait to lynch us, shoot us down at our doorsteps or eliminate us in a so-called encounter.
But now we are scared that policemen will barge into our homes or freely shoot us down outdoors.
Manager Andy Dyer said: "We have had some feedback on them and they will be coming here to shoot us down.
He won't care about people slagging him off, but I think it is important for the nation to get behind the team and not shoot us down because of two bad performances after we delivered a Grand Slam not so long ago."
"I just think it's important as a nation we get behind the team and don't just shoot us down after two bad performances, after we delivered a Grand Slam not so long ago."
That situation is now starting to become reversed, and we have teams like Nuneaton coming to Lockwood Park trying to shoot us down."
A lot of people are trying to shoot us down but if you look at the performances we have had in the league, you can't argue.