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shoot the place up

informal To attack a particular location or the people present repeatedly and at length with gunfire. The gang of criminals shot the place up in retribution for their leader's arrest. They will arrest you if you talk about shooting the place up—the police have to take every threat seriously.
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shoot a place up

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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.
See also: place, shoot, up