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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.
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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 ?
"Now this don't afford you any satisfaction--a party with his head shot off is what you need."
A few of the Folk escaped up the cliff, but most of them were shot off the face of it as they strove to climb.
The five that were behind, more frightened with the noise than sensible of the danger, stood still at first; for the woods made the sound a thousand times bigger than it really was, the echoes rattling from one side to another, and the fowls rising from all parts, screaming, and every sort making a different noise, according to their kind; just as it was when I fired the first gun that perhaps was ever shot off in the island.
It was the conception of an inspired moment, and she shot off with her utmost swiftness to work it out.
He must have had a steady hand at a trigger who could have got a shot off half so fast.
"Well, we have time; look." Monte Cristo took the pistols he held in his hand when Mercedes entered, and fixing an ace of clubs against the iron plate, with four shots he successively shot off the four sides of the club.
He started back at least three feet, gazed for a moment, and then shot off as hard as he could go: his excessively little tail vibrating with speed and terror like a distracted pendulum.
Even in the shallow Marshalsea, the ever young Archer shot off a few featherless arrows now and then from a mouldy bow, and winged a Collegian or two.
So he asked whether it was Stefano, and I whispered, 'Si, signore'; and then whether he had finished Arturo, and I brought the same shot off again.
In such a case the literary adventurer is censured, not for having missed the mark at which he himself aimed, but for not having shot off his shaft in a direction he never thought of.
'They moved the target after I shot off the arrow,' former Premier William Lai said Saturday (May 18), complaining about President Tsai Ing-wen's alleged reluctance to hold opinion polls soon to pick a presidential nominee.
Kitayama was a single shot off the lead after 36 holes of the weather-delayed event but started his third round with a quadruple bogey eight and dropped further shots on the second and third before darkness ended proceedings on day three on Saturday.
The former world No.1 made a hat-trick of back-nine birdies to move one shot off the lead in an electric atmosphere before hooking his tee shot off at the 16th out of bounds.
Daniella Uy, another amateur who started the day just a shot off Constantino, fired a 73 to be another stroke behind with Jayvie Agojo shooting a 70 to be at 146, tied with Chanelle Avaricio, the third amateur in the top 10, who shot a 71.
That left him just two shots off the lead held by fellow American Matt Kuchar, with Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell one shot off the pace.