English : Shooting from the hip

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What does the expression shooting from the hip mean?

By Mr. Anbumani, New Delhi - 27th March-2007.

When you
shoot from the hip what you are doing is to speak directly.

In other words, you are being frank.

It is an expression that is mostly used in an informal context.

Here are a few example.

• I like talking to people who shoot from the hip. At least you know where you stand with them.

• My uncle Copal has a tendency to shoot from the hip, but the good thing is he always speaks the truth.

• I told Robin not to pay any attention to Arjun. It's his nature to shoot from the hip, that's all.

• Well, Arjun has a tendency to shoot from the hip even with people he doesn't know. And this makes some of them very uncomfortable.

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