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[skeet] /skit/
noun
1.
a form of trapshooting in which two traps are used and targets are hurled singly or in pairs at varying elevations and speeds so as to simulate the angles of flight taken by game birds.
Also called skeet shooting.
Origin
adopted in 1926 as the result of a contest to choose a name for the sport (the winner claimed that the word was “a very old form” of shoot1)
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British Dictionary definitions for skeet-shooting

skeet

/skiːt/
noun
1.
a form of clay-pigeon shooting in which targets are hurled from two traps at varying speeds and angles Also called skeet shooting
Word Origin
C20: changed from Old Norse skeyti a thrown object, from skjōta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for skeet-shooting

skeet

n.

form of trapshooting, 1926, a name chosen as "a very old form of our present word 'shoot.' " Perhaps Old Norse skotja "to shoot" (see shoot (v.)) was intended.

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