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shoot up Informal

Meaning: to quickly increase in size, number or level

Synonym: soar

For example:

  • shoot up Oil prices shot up by nearly forty percent when war was declared.

  • shoot up When news of the oil strike got out, the company's shares shot up in value.

Quick Quiz:

The value of gold has really shot up since last year, and it's now
  1. much cheaper
  2. much worse
  3. much more expensive

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