shoot down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shoot down shoot at and force to come down "the enemy landed several of our aircraft"
    • v shoot down move quickly and violently "The car tore down the street","He came charging into my office"
    • v shoot down thwart the passage of "kill a motion","he shot down the student's proposal"
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Quotations

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    “Better to aim at a star than shoot down a well; you'll hit higher.”

Idioms

Shoot down in flames - If someone demolishes your argument, it (and you) have been shot down in flames.
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Usage

In literature:

Immediately the two adventurous cruisers were in the rapids, and shooting down with incredible swiftness.
"The Outdoor Chums After Big Game" by Captain Quincy Allen
I would just as leave you would take your gun and shoot me down as to tie me up and cut me all to pieces for nothing.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
I used to do a bit of shooting myself down on the Rhine where I come from.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
I attempted to pass out by him, and he caught hold of me, and drew a pistol, swearing if I did not stop he would shoot me down.
"Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself" by Henry Bibb
In the rivers, they shoot one net across, and haul another down the stream to it.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
They're pouring down and shooting as they come; Brocky's in between.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
Indeed, all his queries have been answered by the stringing of the bow and the shooting down of the mark.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Quickly jumping down from that steedless car, the king stood, drawing his bow and shooting keen shafts.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
He made a pretence of raising a pistol to shoot down the sentry.
"Philip Winwood" by Robert Neilson Stephens
If they think he would shoot them down like rabbits, it is because they have not the remotest idea what he is really like.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
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In poetry:

John bent up a good viewe bow,
And fetteled him to shoote;
The bow was made of a tender boughe,
And fell downe to his foote.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Each tender purple mango-shoot,
That folds and droops so bashful down;
It lives; it sucks some hidden root;
It rears at last a broad green crown.
"The Mango-Tree" by Charles Kingsley
They cutt them downe the summer shroggs
Which grew both under a bryar,
And sett them three score rodd in twinn,
To shoote the prickes full neare.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
How did the spreading branches shoot,
And bless the nations with the fruit!
But now, dear Lord, look down and see
Thy mourning vine, that lovely tree.
"Psalm 80" by Isaac Watts
We praise thee that thou plantedst them,
And mad'st thy heavens drop down their dew.
We pray that, shooting from their stem,
We long may flourish where they grew.
"Hymns and Odes XI" by John Pierpont
I'll never say goodbye to earthly danger
To freeze in peace, as they do, in the sky.
Be like a shooting star - fall down from heaven!
Stretch out your arms to me on earth and fly!
""Above our submarine's black nose she rises ..."" by Konstantin Simonov

In news:

When co-host Michael Strahan suggested a few new nicknames for the well-endowed singer now that she's received an honorary doctorate, Parton was quick to shoot them down without missing a beat.
Over the weekend, you probably heard about the shooting that went down in Arizona.
Four men were arrested in New York Wednesday night after plotting to blow up two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military airplanes.
Panthers shoot down Eagles despite Brown's sparkling debut.
On May 28, he was shot three times by a burglary suspect -- a shooting that has left him paralyzed from the waist down.
The shooting took place on Avalon Court around 7:36 am when a man walking to his car was gunned down.
No 11 UCLA couldn't find its shooting touch down the stretch against Cal Poly .
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—The city has announced a $25,000 reward in hopes of tracking down the gunman who killed a great-grandmother and wounded a teenage boy last month in a suspected gang shooting at a local park.
DETROIT — Officials have shut down the Detroit police crime lab because of errors found in evidence from shooting cases.
Homeland Security officials wasted no time shooting down a trial balloon floated by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner to create a civilian auxiliary to help agents patrol the border.
The 36-year-old actress is shooting down rumors that she's romantically involved with L.A. Lakers forward Matt Barnes after rep.
No need to change your flights: Mitt Romney's campaign is shooting down reports that the Republican National Convention will be extended through Friday to make up for Monday's canceled events.
Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez from Sinaloa gunned down in a shoot out between soldiers and drug cartel gang.
Economists shoot down talk of bacon shortage, but predict rising prices due to drought.
Shoot Down the Moon members John Taglienti (from left), Jake McDonald, Zak Ihlenfeld, Matt Flanagan and Justin Cohen perform in the Tap Milwaukee studio.
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In science:

In going down this sharp gradient, the jet head Lorentz factor shoots up to a value comparable to its final value, Γj ∼> 100 ([311, 504]).
Gamma-Ray Bursts
This approximates for example the collimated beam of electrons shooting down the linear accelerator at Stanford.
Multivector Solutions to the Hyper-Holomorphic Massive Dirac Equation
The gas shoots up before the arm, forming an forward leaning shock, and falls back down after the arm, generating a secondary shock.
3D MHD Modeling of the Gaseous Structure of the Galaxy: Description of the Simulations
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