shoot up

Meaning(s)

1. grow or increase very quickly

Popularity

High

Professional

High

Social

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sales of the product have shot up recently

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The phrasal verb 'shoot up' has a number of meanings. If something or someone 'shoots up' it means to grow or increase considerably in a short space of time, this use is usually related to growth. To 'shoot up' is also an informal way of describing someone injecting a narcotic drug. 'Shoot up' can also mean to cause damage to a person or place with a gun.

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  1. Gentrification has meant that house prices in this area have been shooting up over the past few years.
  2. My nephew has really shot up since I last saw him. He must be at least two inches taller!

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  1. The successful advertising campaign has caused sales of the product to shoot up in recent days.
  2. Complaints about service have shot up since we changed our manager.

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