to shoot from the hip

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - shoot from the hip

"to shoot from the hip"

to speak directly and frankly


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - shoot from the hip

"to shoot from the hip"

to react to a situation very quickly and with a lot of force, without thinking about the possible effects of your actions


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - shoot from the hip

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss is not responding at all to my suggestions.

Colleague 2:  Are you speaking frankly and directly?

Colleague 1:  I don't wish to offend the boss so I make suggestions and cautiously allude to possible improvements.

Colleague 2:  That will never work with the boss. She only responds when you shoot from the hip. She needs straightforward, clear language. She won't be offended. She will actually appreciate the candor.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - shoot from the hip

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  I think I may have overreacted when one of my students refused to stop fooling around in class. I just acted without really thinking. I am afraid that I let my emotions rule my behavior.

Teacher 2:  What did you do?

Teacher 1:  I expelled the student from my class for three days.

Teacher 2:  That was shooting from the hip alright but the incident will pass and the next time you encounter a similar situation, you can take a more considered and calm approach.

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to shoot from the hip - Gerund Form:

Shooting from the hip, you can always believe she is telling the truth.

Shooting from the hip gets him into a lot of trouble.

to shoot from the hip - Examples:

1)  Every step we took was driven by research. We didn't shoot from the hip, ...

2)  ... be properly taught by their political masters not to anyhow shoot from the hip as their incompetence is easily exposed. Their only comment should be "no comments" ...

3)  He doesn't stretch the truth, misspeak, shoot from the hip, tell it like it is, refreshingly unvarnished or have his own version.

4)  Groups that do research can't just shoot from the hip and ask questions later.

5)  ... as the impulsive and brash negotiator who's not afraid to shoot from the hip when he doesn't get what he wants.

6)  ... to trading and investing -- too many traders and professional investors still shoot from the hip.

7)  ... you have to revise your plan a little bit and kind of shoot from the hip, for the lack of a better term. Every draft is different.

8)  His approach was the polar opposite of Holt's shoot from the hip. He was measured - he could be heard unfolding the paper containing his response.

9)  ... told the same outlet that critics should not  shoot from the hip based on their pre-conceived ideas but look at these papers and give a thoughtful critique ...

10)  No brand wants to shoot from the hip with a lack of direction, but there are instances when content plans and the ...

11)  ... has absolutely no idea about anything and shoots from the hip.

12)  ... problems and make decisions based on evidence, not someone who just shoots from the hip; ...

13)  Who would vote for someone who seemingly shoots from the hip without any kind of tact, poise and prudence?

14)  ... where everything is calculated and methodical, Peter just reacts and shoots from the hip.

15)  He shoots from the hip, he's a straight talker.

16)  ... deserve a considered and informed decision by their board members. Shooting from the hip right now is both premature and a ridiculous process.

17)  Shooting from the hip and insulting people increases engagement.

18)  Shooting from the hip will only bring them embarrassment, and cause confusion and anxiety among the people.

19)  Rhetoric and ideology must always bow before facts. Shooting from the hip sounds and feels good, but it rarely produces the kind of results we want.

20)  ... who haven't bothered to look at the material. They're shooting from the hip after 60 scientists spent two years working on this material.