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shoo

[shoo] /ʃu/
interjection
1.
(used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
verb (used with object), shooed, shooing.
2.
to drive away by saying or shouting “shoo.”.
3.
to request or force (a person) to leave:
I'll have to shoo you out of here now.
verb (used without object), shooed, shooing.
4.
to call out “shoo.”.
Origin of shoo
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu
Can be confused
shoe, shoo.
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  • Sarah bustled him out of the room, as one shoos chickens, and I lay back on my pillows and laughed.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
  • No hale man ever loves him; he stirs the sportsman's wrath; the whole world kicks and shoves him and shoos him from the path.

    Rippling Rhymes Walt Mason
  • The Dummy was gone—the Senior Nurse had shooed him off as one shoos a chicken.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for shoos

shoo

/ʃuː/
interjection
1.
go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
verb shoos, shooing, shooed
2.
(transitive) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
3.
(intransitive) to cry "shoo."
Word Origin
C15: imitative; related to Middle High German schū, French shou, Italian scio
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Word Origin and History for shoos

shoo

v.

1620s, "to drive away by calling 'shoo,' " from the exclamation (late 15c.), perhaps instinctive, cf. German schu, Italian scioia. Related: Shooed; shooing.

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