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skyrocket

[skahy-rok-it] /ˈskaɪˌrɒk ɪt/
noun
1.
a rocket firework that ascends into the air and explodes at a height, usually in a brilliant array of sparks of one or more colors.
2.
Also called scarlet gilia. a plant, Ipomopsis aggregata, of the phlox family, native to western North America, having finely divided leaves and clusters of red, trumpet-shaped flowers.
3.
an organized group cheer, usually led by a cheerleader, as at a football or basketball game, which begins with a hissing or whistling and ends with a shout.
verb (used without object)
4.
to rise or increase rapidly or suddenly, especially to unexpected or unprecedented levels:
Prices skyrocketed during the war.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause to rise or increase rapidly and usually suddenly:
Economic changes have skyrocketed prices.
6.
to thrust with sudden dramatic advancement; catapult:
Talent has skyrocketed him to fame.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; sky + rocket1
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British Dictionary definitions for skyrocket

skyrocket

/ˈskaɪˌrɒkɪt/
noun
1.
another word for rocket1 (sense 1)
verb
2.
(intransitive) (informal) to rise rapidly, as in price
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Word Origin and History for skyrocket
n.

1680s, type of firework, from sky (n.) + rocket (n.2). The verb, in the figurative sense of "to rise abruptly and rapidly" (often with suggestion of 'and then explode and vanish'") is attested from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for skyrocket

skyrocket

verb

To increase rapidly: Profits are expected to skyrocket after the announcement (1895+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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