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shoot

verb (MOVE QUICKLY)    /ʃuːt/ (shot, shot)
C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to move in a particular direction very quickly and directly: She shot past me several metres before the finishing line. He shot out of the office a minute ago - I think he was late for a meeting. They were just shooting off to town so we didn't stop to speak. Sylvester Stallone shot to fame (= became famous suddenly) with the film 'Rocky'.Moving quickly [T] to move through or past something quickly: informal He shot three sets of traffic lights (= went past them when they gave the signal to stop) before the police caught him. It was so exhilarating shooting the rapids (= travelling through the part of a river where the water flows dangerously fast).Moving quickly
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