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 for To take a shoot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shoot \Shoot\, n. [F. chute. See Chute. Confused with shoot to
     let fly.]
     An inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which
     timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; also, a narrow
     passage, either natural or artificial, in a stream, where the
     water rushes rapidly; esp., a channel, having a swift
     current, connecting the ends of a bend in the stream, so as
     to shorten the course. [Written also chute, and shute.]
     [U. S.]
     [1913 Webster]
  
     To take a shoot, to pass through a shoot instead of the
        main channel; to take the most direct course. [U.S.]
        [1913 Webster]

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