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[skahy-rok-it] /ˈskaɪˌrɒk ɪt/
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.
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.
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)
to rise or increase rapidly or suddenly, especially to unexpected or unprecedented levels:
Prices skyrocketed during the war.
verb (used with object)
to cause to rise or increase rapidly and usually suddenly:
Economic changes have skyrocketed prices.
to thrust with sudden dramatic advancement; catapult:
Talent has skyrocketed him to fame.
Origin of skyrocket
1680-90; sky + rocket1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For instance, unpredictable desert rains cause vegetation blooms, which in turn makes locust populations skyrocket.
  • Today we're seeing glaciers retreat and water temperatures skyrocket.
  • We suffer from preventable illnesses and premature deaths, while heath care costs skyrocket.
  • For one, it's been disruptive for longtime residents, who have seen their rents and property taxes skyrocket.
  • Eventually the oil will run out, but before it does the price will skyrocket.
  • If those products had to be produced using alternative energy, the costs would skyrocket.
  • Blood pressure can skyrocket in less than a month due to a blockage.
  • If the government get their hands on this the price will skyrocket for legal bud due to all the taxation.
British Dictionary definitions for skyrocket


another word for rocket1 (sense 1)
(intransitive) (informal) to rise rapidly, as in price
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for skyrocket

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



: the week's third skyjack to Cuba (1968+)


To take control of an aircraft illegally, usually by claiming to have a weapon or a bomb; commit air piracy (1961+)

[modeled on hijack]

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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