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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHOOT DOWN

The plan of the conspirators had been to shoot down the horses and overpower the escort.

He drew his gun to shoot down the glittering, wheeling metal bird.

Boys, shoot down those fellows who're tearing down the fences.

And it was a revolting thing to have to shoot down and stab this handful of heroes.

Do you think that we will shoot down our brothers to defend a traitor like you?

Of course they could not help us, for only one man can shoot down an opponent.

So rapidly did it shoot down that there were cries of alarm from the throng.

We will march into the town at once, and shoot down any who oppose us.

You've got a woman to shoot down this time—and that's just half the story!

With my own eyes I have seen them shoot down anybody, and everybody.

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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