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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHOOT

Then it's better to take him out back of the barn and shoot him, by Gad!

And, if this thing keeps on, I'm going to shoot again—and again.

Perhaps, after all, I might have the brains to jest and toss about words and shoot off epigrams.

Because he killed a horse trying to get you, you're going to give him a chance to shoot you?

Shoot while you may, and then out sword, and let us live or die together!

"Do not shoot outside the fifteen-score paces," cried Johnston.

Eager to shoot him—Silver, the only thing that loved and understood him?

She was fond of hunting, and could shoot at a mark with wonderful skill.

He does not shoot naturally, but he learns by patient practice.

"If you will ride in a hammock, you ought to teach your men to shoot," was Kingozi's greeting.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sceotan "to hurl missiles, cast; strike, hit, push; run, rush; send forth swiftly; wound with missiles" (class II strong verb; past tense sceat, past participle scoten), from Proto-Germanic *skeutanan (cf. Old Saxon skiotan, Old Norse skjota "to shoot with (a weapon); shoot, launch, push, shove quickly," Old Frisian skiata, Middle Dutch skieten, Dutch schieten, Old High German skiozan, German schießen), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (cf. Sanskrit skundate "hastens, makes haste," Old Church Slavonic iskydati "to throw out," Lithuanian skudrus "quick, nimble").

In reference to pool playing, from 1926. Meaning "to strive (for)" is from 1967, American English. Sense of "descend (a river) quickly" is from 1610s. Meaning "to inject by means of a hypodermic needle" is attested from 1914. Meaning "photograph" (especially a movie) is from 1890. As an interjection, an arbitrary euphemistic alteration of shit, it is recorded from 1934. Shoot the breeze "chat" first recorded 1941. Shoot-'em-up (adj.) in reference to violent entertainment (Western movies, etc.) is from 1942. Shoot to kill first attested 1867. Shoot the cat "to vomit" is from 1785. To shoot the moon originally meant "depart by night with ones goods to escape back rent" (1829).

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