To take a shoot
Shoot Shoot, n. [F. chute. See {Chute}. Confused with shoot to let fly.] An inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; also, a narrow passage, either natural or artificial, in a stream, where the water rushes rapidly; esp., a channel, having a swift current, connecting the ends of a bend in the stream, so as to shorten the course. [Written also {chute}, and {shute}.] [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{To take a shoot}, to pass through a shoot instead of the main channel; to take the most direct course. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]


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