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[shoo] /ʃu/
(used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
verb (used with object), shooed, shooing.
to drive away by saying or shouting “shoo.”.
to request or force (a person) to leave:
I'll have to shoo you out of here now.
verb (used without object), shooed, shooing.
to call out “shoo.”.
1475-85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu
Can be confused
shoe, shoo. Unabridged
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Examples for shoo
  • We shoo them away every time they settle, and thankfully they haven't nested.
  • Opinion polls at first made him a shoo-in for the presidency.
  • The driver will shoo your hands away from the safety device with an exasperated huff.
  • If any of those three statements make you feel uppity, then shoo.
  • Many dealers say that buyers who would have been shoo-ins for a loan a year ago are now being turned away.
  • But access to the high end is not necessarily a shoo-in.
  • The elders shoo them away, but the shooing doesn't do much.
  • Some people, who mistakenly tried to shoo them away, got stung.
  • We always go out and shoo them off so they don't stay long.
British Dictionary definitions for shoo


go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
verb shoos, shooing, shooed
(transitive) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
(intransitive) to cry "shoo."
Word Origin
C15: imitative; related to Middle High German schū, French shou, Italian scio
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoo
1620s, "to drive away by calling 'shoo,' " from the exclamation (late 15c.), instinctive, cf. Ger. schu, It. scioia. Shoo-in "easy winner (especially in politics)" (1939) was originally a horse that wins a race by pre-arrangement (1928; the verb phrase shoo in in this sense is from 1908). Shoo-fly, admonition to a pest, was popularized by a Dan Bryant minstrel song c.1870, which launched it as a catch-phrase that, according to H.L. Mencken, "afflicted the American people for at least two years." Shoo-fly pie is attested from 1935.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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