shoot down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyshoot down
he/she/itshoots down
present participleshooting down
past tenseshot down
past participleshot down
  1. 1
    to kill someone with a gun

    He had been walking down the street on his way to a club when he was shot down.

    1. a.
      to shoot an enemy aircraft out of the sky

      The airliner was shot down by mistake.

  2. 2
    to refuse even to consider something such as an idea or a plan
    shoot something down in flames:

    Each proposal was shot down in flames.

See also main entry: shoot