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shoot off

1. To shoot or launch some ballistic projectile, such as a bullet or a missile, especially in a haphazard or careless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shoot" and "off." The criminal shot off several rounds into the air to show the criminals he meant business. The country has been accused of intentionally shooting off test rockets over the sovereign airspace of its neighbor to the north, in direct conflict of their peace treaty.
2. To cause something to be severed (from something else) as a result of being shot with a projectile of some kind. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shoot" and "off." The man accidentally shot off his thumb with the pistol he was holding because he didn't realize the safety was off. He can shoot the leaf off a tree from fifty feet away with a bow and arrow.
3. To send some written message very quickly or casually. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shoot" and "off." Would you mind shooting off an email to the accountant to see when our tax refund is due? I shot a message off to my mother about next weekend, but she hasn't gotten back to me yet.
See also: off, shoot

shoot off

v.
1. To launch some rocket or missile: We shot off fireworks to celebrate the New Year. I built a rocket and shot it off in my backyard.
2. To detach or sever something by shooting: The gunner shot off the plane's wing. I aimed the gun at the padlock and shot it off.
See also: off, shoot
References in classic literature ?
"And you've been shooting off your mouth about them."
Summary: New Delhi [India], Dec 05 (ANI): Shooting off a seventh question at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as campaigning for elections in Gujarat reached fever pitch, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi committed an embarrassing mathematical faux pax with regard prices of essential commodities on Tuesday.
New Delhi [India], Dec 05 ( ANI ): Shooting off a seventh question at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even as campaigning for elections in Gujarat reached fever pitch, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi committed an embarrassing mathematical faux pax with regard prices of essential commodities on Tuesday.
Here, rebels claim to be shooting off Russian made Katyusha rockets, called Katyusha MRLS's in the field, and shoot off explosives to a more targeted area than traditional rockets.
Since shooting off sandbags or a rest at 25 yards has little correlation to actual combat shooting, or self-defense shooting, maybe our troops should have a better backup than this M11 9mm "Combat Proven" weapon.
Shooting off a rest is a more objective test of a gun's accuracy, since it eliminates much of the error induced by the shooter's hold.
Sure, shooting off e-cards is the quick-n-easy way out, but it is kinda cold and impersonal.
Here, as in the past, Wilcox utilizes a variety of source images, pilfering television, cinema, and still photography as well as staging elaborate reenactments and shooting off the cuff.
They are connected to the enclosing concrete walls by beams and bridges shooting off in different directions on each floor; similarly, to counteract the regularity of the building's exterior faces, openings in the walls are random.
When you clock the movie you'll appreciate his skills as he screams into a car-filled garage and does a 180 degree stoppie before shooting off in the other direction.
But they were under pressure after the break with Martin Cameron twice spurning chances and shooting off target.
You can help get the FDA moving by mailing them this coupon or, better, by writing a personal letter or shooting off an e-mail.
29, astronomers around the world were alerted that a massive, compact body 40,000 light-years from Earth was once again shooting off fireworks.
The butthook also has texture and a thumb groove for enhanced grip and control when shooting off a bench or prone.
Suddenly, with bullets shooting off in all directions and nobody caring, a tall kid stood up in one of the front rows, turned to face the crowd, and raised his arms.