• "'Look out, Father, they are going to shoot you!'"
    "'Look out, Father, they are going to shoot you!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shooting the act of firing a projectile "his shooting was slow but accurate"
    • n shooting killing someone by gunfire "when the shooting stopped there were three dead bodies"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'Please do not shoot me!'" "'Please do not shoot me!'"
sporting gentleman on shoot sporting gentleman on shoot
Don't Shoot, Please 019 Don't Shoot, Please 019
Group of children going shooting Group of children going shooting
The Baron shoots at the snake The Baron shoots at the snake

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each banana plant bears only one stem of fruit. To produce a new stem, only two shoots known as the daughter and the granddaughter are allowed to grow and be cultivated from the main plant.
    • Shooting A sensation of darting pain; as, a shooting in one's head.
    • Shooting A wounding or killing with a firearm; specifically Sporting, the killing of game; as, a week of shooting .
    • a Shooting Of or pertaining to shooting; for shooting; darting.
    • Shooting The act of one who, or that which, shoots; as, the shooting of an archery club; the shooting of rays of light.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Frankfort, Kentucky, makes it against the law to shoot off a policeman's tie.
    • n shooting The act of one who shoots. The act or practice of discharging missile weapons.
    • n shooting Especially, at the present day, the killing of game with firearms; gunning.
    • n shooting A right, purchased or conferred, to kill game with firearms, especially within certain limits.
    • n shooting A district or defined tract of ground over which game is shot.
    • n shooting A quick dart; a sudden and swift motion.
    • n shooting A quick, glancing pain, often following the track of a nerve.
    • n shooting In carpentry, the operation of planing the edge of a board straight. Synonyms , Hunting, etc. See gunning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tennessee, it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
    • Shooting act of discharging firearms or an arrow: sensation of a quick pain: act or practice of killing game: right to kill game with firearms on a certain area: the district so limited
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  • Sir Richard Storey
    Sir Richard Storey
    “The first rule of venture capitalism should be Shoot the Inventor.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.”
  • Voltaire
    “God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “If you shoot at a king you must kill him.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “I want to see you shoot the way you shout.”


Don't shoot the messenger - This phrase can be used when breaking some bad news to someone and you don't want to be blamed for the news. ('Don't kill the messenger' is also used.)
Shoot down in flames - If someone demolishes your argument, it (and you) have been shot down in flames.
Shoot from the hip - Someone who shoots from the hip talks very directly or insensitively without thinking beforehand.
Shoot the breeze - When you shoot the breeze, you chat in a relaxed way.
Shoot your wad - When you have shot your wad, you have expended everything and have no more to say or do about a matter.
Shoot yourself in the foot - If you shoot yourself in the foot, you do something that damages your ambition, career, etc.
Shooting fish in a barrel - If something is like shooting fish in a barrel, it is so easy that success is guaranteed.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceótan; Dut. schieten, Ger. schiessen, to dart.


In literature:

My shooting hadn't been very good, threes and fours, with only one bull.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
An arrow without a barb, used for shooting at a butt.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
All the Ostjaks can shoot, though shooting has brought me bad luck.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
And I don't think there's much fishing, and it would be off season for shooting, most of the time.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
There may be more shooting.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
A friend of mine, while shooting wild fowl with his brother, was attended by a sagacious dog of this breed.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
I didn't begin the shooting.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Only don't shoot Oso!
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The sliding, shuffling sound continued with no attempt at concealment that I could discover; and yet there was nothing to shoot at.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Besides, you don't know how glad I am that we can have the chance to shoot together.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
And the man that would shoot one partner in the back would shoot another if he had good reasons.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
At the end av that time I begin to shoot.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
If you are going to shoot, shoot.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
At the tying up of the reserved shoots, all new shoots which have developed since the first disbudding should be removed.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
I'd just like to see that fellow once and I'd shoot him down as if he was a rattlesnake.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
Poor Henry Rowles, who was to be told off by signal to shoot Mr. Foster, was one of my workmen.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He would not under-shoot the field, nor would he over-shoot it either.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
The Cape shooting-ponies are most extraordinary animals.
"Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa" by Alfred W. Drayson
The morning after Hans' return to the sleeping-place was fine, and well suited for spooring or shooting.
"Adventures of Hans Sterk" by A.W. Drayson
If you refuse I will shoot you down as you run.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton

In poetry:

Not a stone from my black sling
Ever misses anything,
But the arrows of your eye
Surer shoot and faster fly.
"Hunter’s Song" by Edward Powys Mathers
"There shall but six shoot with me,
The other shall keep my head,
And stand with good bow-es bent
That I be not deceived."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
Wisdom He makes to form the fruit
Where the high blossoms be;
And Lust to kill the weaker shoot,
And srink to trim the tree.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
In mossed contentment here would I
Anchor. A restless heart
He gave me, see, and wandering feet,
Desires that shoot and dart.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
Raising then my hand, I spied
Drops of ocean-fire and light
From my gleaming fingers slide,
Like the shooting-stars of night.
"Aspirations" by Mathilde Blind
Let the dream go. Are there not other dreams
In vastness of clouds hid from thy sight
That yet shall gild with beautiful gold gleams,
And shoot the shadows through and through with light?
What matters one lost vision of the night?
Let the dream go!!
"Let Them Go" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

The Koronis Muzzleloaders is a newly-formed club for owners of muzzleloading weapons - either antiques or replicas - and for anyone who wants to shoot or to learn to shoot one.
Shooting pool in a bar with a pool table is good fun, but where do you go when you just want to rack and shoot.
For most foreign shoots in Berlin, post-production has not been a significant issue, as few if any stay around after the shooting ends.
Bulls shooting guard Keith Bogans shoots during warmups for Game 6.
The website doesn't mention the camera men and women shooting the video and trying to keep the camera level during the shoot.
Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood was the only city leader to come for what was supposed to be the third annual "shoot off" between mayors of Acworth and Kennesaw, part of the Turkey Shoot fundraiser.
The 4-H Shooting Sports will be hosting a shooting sports general interest meeting on Thursday, Dec 3 at the Dunham's Bay Fish and Game Club.
This YouTube video shows someone in a standoff with the small hamster -- pretending to shoot him with his finger and making a shooting noise.
I-O File Photo by Buck Traxler trap shooting — Many improvements have been made on the Trap Shooting grounds next to the new Shooting Sports Club Building.
The Sikh shooting, the Aurora, Colorado shooting and even Buffalo's own ECMC shooting….there has been way too many random acts of tragedy this summer.
Shoot Simply, Shoot A Lot.
I shoot photos of artifacts that have historic significance and I'd like to shoot your artifacts '.
LITTLETON, Colorado — Relatives of those killed in this summer's Colorado theater shooting are reacting with outrage to Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school — and demanding that the nation finally address gun control.
WASHINGTON — The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday.
The deadly school shooting at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday was the latest in a series of shooting crimes in the United States this year.

In science:

Simulations are performed using the shooting method.
Voltage Collapse and ODE Approach to Power Flows: Analysis of a Feeder Line with Static Disorder in Consumption/Production
Our models are computed with a code that integrates the stellar structure equations using a shooting method.
Stellar envelope inflation near the Eddington limit. Implications for the radii of Wolf-Rayet stars and luminous blue variables
Solving the BVP with a shooting method, we find that the Y coordinates of the solutions to the boundary value problem are close to linear in µ on the interval [µ0 , µ1 ].
Rigorous Enclosures of a Slow Manifold
Given a location l ∈ int(P ), shoot a ray from l at angle −π/2.
Hidden Mobile Guards in Simple Polygons
If the ray does intersect a vertex (call it v), shoot two rays at angles −π/2 − ε, π/2 + ε, with ε > 0 small enough that one of the edges intersected is incident to v .
Hidden Mobile Guards in Simple Polygons
Consider shooting rays from each reflex vertex through the origin as seen in the left portion of Figure 17.
Hidden Mobile Guards in Simple Polygons
The magnification patterns in the source plane are then derived from inverse shooting technique.
Multipole Gravitational Lensing and High-order Perturbations on the Quadrupole Lens
Magnification patterns can well exhibit the caustic profiles in the source plane, and be computed by the inverse ray-shooting technique (Kayser et al. 1986; Schneider & Weiss 1987; Mediavilla et al. 2006).
Multipole Gravitational Lensing and High-order Perturbations on the Quadrupole Lens
The main ideal is shooting a bundle of light rays from observer to each grid of the lens, then the light deflecting to the source plane according to deflection angle α.
Multipole Gravitational Lensing and High-order Perturbations on the Quadrupole Lens
However, it is very convenient to derive the magnification patterns by the inverse shooting technique through the deflection angle and lens equation.
Multipole Gravitational Lensing and High-order Perturbations on the Quadrupole Lens
Through the deflection angle and lens equation, the magnification patterns of the source plane are derived by inverse shooting technique.
Multipole Gravitational Lensing and High-order Perturbations on the Quadrupole Lens
We have solved this equation using the shooting method.
One-Loop Corrections to Bubble Nucleation Rate at Finite Temperature
We are thus left with a classical shooting problem, where g ′ (2/3) will be fixed by asking that the distribution vanishes at x = 1.
Analytical results for random walks in the presence of disorder and traps
Predictions exist to shoot at for octet elastic, decuplet elastic, octet-decuplet off-diagonal, and S11 form factors.
Baryon Form Factors in QCD
RFs are readily obtained numerically from the ODEs Eqs. (3) and (4) by shooting from the linear asymptotic regime a ∼ a0 eκ L ξ , q ∼ q L for ξ → −∞ with κ L (> 0) and q L determined from the corresponding eigenvalue problem.
Retracting fronts induce spatio-temporal intermittency