shoot down
transitive verb Date: 1657 1. to cause to fall by shooting <
shot down the helicopter
; especially to kill in this way <
was shot down in cold blood
2. to put an end to ; defeat, reject <
shoot down legislation
3. deflate, ridicule 4. discredit 2 <
shoot down a theory

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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