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shoot blanks v.
1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)
1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.

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(botany) any of the long slender shoots that grow from the stem or branch of a tree: usually removed during pruning
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      vb   , shoots, shooting, shot  
1    tr   to hit, wound, damage, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon  
2    to discharge (a missile or missiles) from a weapon  
3    to fire (a weapon) or (of a weapon) to be fired  
4    to send out or be sent out as if from a weapon  
he shot questions at her     
5    intr   to move very rapidly; dart  
6    tr   to slide or push into or out of a fastening  
to shoot a bolt     
7    to emit (a ray of light) or (of a ray of light) to be emitted  
8    tr   to go or pass quickly over or through  
to shoot rapids     
9    intr   to hunt game with a gun for sport  
10    tr   to pass over (an area) in hunting game  
11    to extend or cause to extend; project  
12    tr   to discharge down or as if down a chute  
13    intr   (of a plant) to produce (buds, branches, etc.)  
14    intr   (of a seed) to germinate  
15    to photograph or record (a sequence, subject, etc.)  
16    tr; usually passive   to variegate or streak, as with colour  
17      (Soccer, hockey, etc.)   to hit or propel (the ball, etc.) towards the goal  
18    tr   Sport,  
  (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to score (points, strokes, etc.)  
he shot 72 on the first round     
19    tr   to plane (a board) to produce a straight edge  
20    tr     (Mining)   to detonate  
21    tr   to measure the altitude of (a celestial body)  
22    often foll by: up  
Slang   to inject (someone, esp. oneself) with (a drug, esp. heroin)  
23    shoot a line      See       line   1       58  
24    shoot from the hip   to speak bluntly or impulsively without concern for the consequences  
25    shoot one's bolt      See       bolt   1       13  
26    shoot oneself in the foot  
Informal   to damage one's own cause inadvertently  
27    shoot one's mouth off  
a    to talk indiscreetly  
b    to boast or exaggerate  
28    shoot the breeze      See       breeze   1       5  
29    the act of shooting  
30    the action or motion of something that is shot  
31    the first aerial part of a plant to develop from a germinating seed  
32    any new growth of a plant, such as a bud, young branch, etc.  
33      (Chiefly Brit)   a meeting or party organized for hunting game with guns  
34    an area or series of coverts and woods where game can be hunted with guns  
35    a steep descent in a stream; rapid  
36    Informal   a photographic assignment  
37      (Geology, mining)   a narrow workable vein of ore  
38    Obsolete   the reach of a shot  
39    the whole shoot  
Slang   everything  
40      (U.S. and Canadian)   an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc.,   (See also)        shoot down       shoot out       shoot through       shoot up  
     (Old English sceotan; related to Old Norse skjota, Old High German skiozan to shoot, Old Slavonic iskydati to throw out)  

penalty shoot-out  
1      (Soccer)   a method of deciding the winner of a drawn match, in which players from each team attempt to score with a penalty kick  
2    a similar method of resolving a tie in hockey, ice hockey, polo, etc.  
shoot down  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to shoot callously  
2    to cause to fall to earth by hitting with a missile  
3    to defeat or disprove  
he shot down her argument     
shoot out  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to fight to the finish by shooting (esp. in the phrase shoot it out)  
2    a conclusive gunfight  
shoot through  
      vb   intr, adv  
Informal     (chiefly Austral)   to leave; depart  
shoot up  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to grow or become taller very fast  
2    tr   to hit with a number of shots  
3    tr   to spread terror throughout (a place) by lawless and wanton shooting  
4    tr  
Slang   to inject (someone, esp. oneself) with (a drug, esp. heroin)  
stone shoot  
      n     (Mountaineering)   a long steeply sloping line of loose boulder-strewn scree  
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