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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHOT DOWN

As fast as the tribesmen turned the corner they were shot down.

They're the ones who get shot down in wars and worked like dogs in time of peace.

Then all the horses were shot down and the guns and ammunition seized.

We had not gone far, however, when our poor sergeant was shot down.

These appear to have been shot down into the middle of a moorland wilderness.

When your red-hot rubbish is shot down your bank, where's it going to go, ey?

The first who topped it were shot down, among them Pitcairn.

You shot down two more who, hearing his cries, rushed to his aid.

As they shot down that steep hill they shrieked for very joy.

He might easily be shot down where he stood, but he would die fighting.

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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