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shoot

  
  ( shoots    plural & 3rd person present)   ( shooting    present participle)   ( shot    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone shoots a person or an animal, they kill them or injure them by firing a bullet or arrow at them.  
The police had orders to shoot anyone who attacked them...      V n  
The man was shot dead by the police during a raid on his house...      V n with adj  
Her father shot himself in the head with a shotgun.      V n in n  
2       verb   To shoot means to fire a bullet from a weapon such as a gun.  
He taunted armed officers by pointing to his head, as if inviting them to shoot...      V  
The police came around the corner and they started shooting at us...      V at n  
She had never been able to shoot straight...      V adv/prep  
3       verb   If someone or something shoots in a particular direction, they move in that direction quickly and suddenly.  
They had almost reached the boat when a figure shot past them...      V adv/prep  
4       verb   If you shoot something somewhere or if it shoots somewhere, it moves there quickly and suddenly.  
Masters shot a hand across the table and gripped his wrist...      V n prep/adv  
You'd turn on the water, and it would shoot straight up in the air.      V adv/prep  
5       verb   If you shoot a look at someone, you look at them quickly and briefly, often in a way that expresses your feelings.  
Mary Ann shot him a rueful look...      V n n  
The man in the black overcoat shot a penetrating look at the other man.      V n at n  
6       verb   If someone shootsto fame, they become famous or successful very quickly.  
Alina Reyes shot to fame a few years ago with her extraordinary first novel...      V to n  
7       verb   When people shoot a film or shoot photographs, they make a film or take photographs using a camera.  
He'd love to shoot his film in Cuba...      V n  
      Shoot is also a noun., n-count  
...a barn presently being used for a video shoot.     
8       n-count   Shoots are plants that are beginning to grow, or new parts growing from a plant or tree.  
usu pl  
9       verb   In sports such as football or basketball, when someone shoots, they try to score by kicking, throwing, or hitting the ball towards the goal.  
Spencer scuttled away from Young to shoot wide when he should have scored...      V adv/prep  
10   
    shooting  
    shot  
11    If you shoot the breeze or shoot the bullwith someone, you talk to them about things which are not very serious or important.  
  (mainly AM)  
INFORMAL  
shoot the breeze/shoot the bull      phrase   V inflects, PHR with n, pl-n V  
They expected me to sit up and shoot the breeze with them till one or two in the morning..., I also met with Pollack again to kind of shoot the bull.     
12   
    to shoot from the hip  
    hip   shoot down  
1       phrasal verb   If someone shoots down an aeroplane, a helicopter, or a missile, they make it fall to the ground by hitting it with a bullet or missile.  
They claimed to have shot down one incoming missile...      V P n (not pron)  
2       phrasal verb   If one person shoots down another, they shoot them with a gun.  
He was prepared to suppress rebellion by shooting down protesters...      V P n (not pron)  
They shot him down in cold blood.      V n P  
3       phrasal verb   If you shoot someone down or shoot down their ideas, you say or show that they are completely wrong.  
She was able to shoot the rumour down in flames with ample documentary evidence.      V n P, Also V P n (not pron)   shoot up  
1       phrasal verb   If something shoots up, it grows or increases very quickly.  
Sales shot up by 9% last month...      V P by/to n  
The fair market value of the property shot up.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If a drug addict shoots up, they inject a quantity of drugs into their body.  
INFORMAL   Drug addicts shoot up in the back alleys...      V P  
We shot up heroin in the playground.      V P n (not pron)  


penalty shoot-out        ( penalty shoot-outs    plural  ) In football, a penalty shoot-out is a way of deciding the result of a game that has ended in a draw. Players from each team try to score a goal in turn until one player fails to score and their team loses the game.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
photo shoot        ( photo shoots    plural  ) , photo-shoot   A photo shoot is an occasion when a photographer takes pictures, especially of models or famous people, to be used in a newspaper or magazine.      n-count  
...a long day of interviews and photo-shoots.     
shoot-em-up        ( shoot-em-ups    plural  ) A shoot-em-up is a computer game that involves shooting and killing characters.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
shoot-out        ( shoot-outs    plural  )
1       n-count   A shoot-out is a fight in which people shoot at each other with guns.  
Three IRA men were killed in the shoot-out.     
2       n-count   In games such as football, a shoot-out or a penaltyshoot-out is a way of deciding the result of a game that has ended in a draw. Players from each team try to score a goal in turn until one player fails to score and their team loses the game.  
The Danes won that UEFA tie in a shoot-out.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
brand of soup, mix of vegetables, image for new startups ?
exp.
to do two things at the same time using the effort needed to do only one
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
n.
(botany) any of the long slender shoots that grow from the stem or branch of a tree: usually removed during pruning
n.
when a person kills someone then takes their own life it is referred to as a murder suicide

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