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The meaning and origin of the expression: Shoot through

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To abscond, or depart quickly.


This expression is commonplace in Australia and New Zealand and is becoming more used elsewhere due to the influence of Australian soap-operas like Neighbours and Home and Away.

The first record I can find of it in print is a definition in the Australian pin-up magazine Pix, which was published in Sydney in September 1947 by Associated Newspapers Limited:

"Shoot through, escape, abscond."

For a popular magazine to have felt the need to define the expression it couldn't have been very old at that date.