Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shoot up v.2

[ext. of shoot v. (6a)]

1. to take a narcotic or other drug by injection; thus shoot-upper n.

[US]J. Black You Can’t Win (2000) 135: They decided to ‘shoot up’ the small potion of white stuff they had left.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 139: She took out a bindle of horse / And shot it right up her arm.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Golden Spike 16: They shot up the rest of the stuff.
[US]J. Blake letter 11 Feb. in Joint (1972) 114: He was out fifty days and shot up the contents of five pharmacies.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 59: You shot it up already, I suppose?
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 48: So Georgette shot up and waited for the first wave to pass.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 12: When he has finally injected the heroin (he calls it ‘shooting up,’ ‘taking off,’ ‘getting off’), he may or may not go on a ‘nod’—his eyelids heavy, his mind wandering pleasantly—depending on how much heroin his body has become accustomed to.
[US]D. Goines Street Players 49: I don’t have to worry about what I shoot up.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 70: He made a gesture with his hand, indicating shooting up.
[Can]Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 29 Mar. Today Ron was visiting. Apparently, he shoots up now. How stupid.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 101: My mum used to snort monster. She was never a shoot-upper.
[US]Source Oct. 154: I watched him shoot up.
[US]E. Bunker Mr Blue 366: Barney’s ma ain’ gonna shoot it up.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 29 Apr. 1: Shooting up in Main Street.
[Aus]P. Temple Dead Point (2008) [ebook] So Robbie went into his garage, locked the door, got into his car, shot up.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 26: Know what I’m shootin’ up? I’m shootin’ up pork juice!
[UK]K. Richards Life 388: So I went to the john, shot up, I mean.

2. to inject someone with a narcotic or other drug.

[US](con. 1958) R. Farina Been Down So Long (1972) 92: Eats horse for breakfast [...] can’t sniff it though, bad for the bronchial tubes. Next week we shoot him up.
[UK]N. Smith Gumshoe (1998) 14: You want some stuff? [...] No bum gear. For real, Shoot you up pretty good.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) H. Huncke ‘Florence’ in Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 200: Going over and shooting her up, having her collapse, with no doubt in mind about whether she’d ODed or not.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 21: I’d wrap the sons-a-bitches up and shoot them up.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 151: He hustled her to the ambulance, filched morphine and a hypo, shot her up while no one was looking.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 136: I was afraid they might shoot him up with Thorazine.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 381: Wayne grabbed his Syrettes — pure morphine cc’s. He rolled to the jarhead. He shot up the jarhead.
[UK]K. Richards Life 388: I shot him up. Just in the muscle.