shoot from the hip

shoot from the hip
1. Lit. to fire a gun that is held at one's side, beside one's hip. (This increases one's speed in firing a gun but is much less accurate.) •

When I lived at home on the farm, my father taught me to shoot from the hip.

I quickly shot the snake before it bit my horse. I'm glad I learned to shoot from the hip.

2. Fig. to speak directly and frankly. (Alluding to the rapidness of firing a gun from the hip.) •

John has a tendency to shoot from the hip, but he generally speaks the truth.

Don't pay any attention to John. He means no harm. It's just his nature to shoot from the hip.

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{v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To fire a gun held at the hip without aiming by aligning the barrel with one's eye. * /In many Western movies the heroic sheriff defeats the villains by shooting from the hip./ 2. To speak sincerely, frankly, and without subterfuge. * /"What kind of an administrator will Mr. Brown be?" the head of the search committee asked. "He shoots straight from the hip," he was assured./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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