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on the hip

In a vulnerable position; lacking power. The prosecution really has me on the hip now—I don't think there's any way I'm going to win this case.
See also: hip, on

be joined at the hip

slang To spend a lot of time with someone else, often a close friend. Every time I see Jenna, Kelli is right there with her. Those two are really joined at the hip these days.
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joined at the hip

slang Spending a lot of time with someone else, often a close friend. Every time I see Jenna, Kelli is right there with her. Those two are really joined at the hip these days.
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fire from the hip

To speak or act rashly, recklessly, or bluntly, without consideration of potential consequences. (An allusion to firing a sidearm immediately upon drawing it from its holster without taking time to aim.) The country's prime minister has gained a reputation of firing from the hip, issuing executive orders without consulting members of parliament. The boss tends to fire from the hip, so don't take what he says too personally.
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shoot from the hip

To speak or act rashly, recklessly, or bluntly, without consideration of potential consequences. (An allusion to firing a sidearm immediately upon drawing it from its holster without taking time to aim.) The country's prime minister has gained a reputation of firing from the hip, issuing executive orders without consulting members of parliament. The boss tends to shoot from the hip, so don't take what he says too personally.
See also: hip, shoot

in (one's) hip pocket

Under one's the direct control or influence, especially due to financial reasons. It's pretty obvious that our national legislators are all in corporate bigwigs' hip pockets! I hear that the boss has half the police force in his hip pocket.
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in the hip pocket of (someone)

Under one's the direct control or influence, especially due to financial reasons. It's pretty obvious that our national legislators are all in the hip pocket of corporations. You'll never get justice for it—half the police force is in the hip pocket of the mafia.
See also: hip, of, pocket

*hip to someone or something

Inf. knowing about someone or something; adapting to someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; become ~.) The boss began to get hip to Mary and her deviousness. She finally began to get hip to what was going on.
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joined at the hip

Sl. closely connected; always together. Those two are joined at the hip. They are always together. Sam and Martha are joined at the hip.
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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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shoot from the hip

Speak or act recklessly or impulsively, as in Steve isn't very tactful; indeed, he's known for shooting from the hip. This expression transfers the fast shooting accomplished by drawing a gun from a holster and shooting without raising it to quick speaking or acting. [Slang; mid-1900s] For a similar transfer, see shoot off one's mouth.
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joined at the hip

1. If two people are joined at the hip, they are very close to each other emotionally and spend a lot of time together. The couple who are almost joined at the hip in their 20s may have become quite distant in their 40s. Though we often work together, we're not joined at the hip. Note: People often use this expression when they disapprove of how close two people are.
2. If two problems or situations are joined at the hip, they are very closely linked and cannot be considered or dealt with separately. Trends in world trade and trends in the environment are supposed to be joined at the hip.
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shoot from the hip

If someone shoots from the hip, they react to situations very quickly and forcefully, without thinking about the consequences. They criticized his readiness to shoot from the hip. She claimed that she did not shoot from the hip. She liked to think hard and long before taking decisions. Note: You can also say that someone fires from the hip with the same meaning. He certainly has a tendency to fire from the hip — to be impulsive. Note: The image here is of a cowboy removing his gun from its holster and firing immediately, without raising it to take aim.
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in someone's hip pocket

completely under someone's control. North American
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joined at the hip

inseparable in opinions or outlook. informal
The metaphor is based on the idea of literal conjoined twins.
2002 Fast Company Magazine You can't look at Wall Street without looking at Washington. They're joined at the hip.
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shoot from the hip

react suddenly or without careful consideration of your words or actions. informal
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joined at the ˈhip


1 (humorous) used to say that two people are never apart and spend a great deal of time together: She and Scott didn’t separate all night. It’s like they’re joined at the hip or something.
2 used to say that two things are closely connected to each other: Astronomy isn’t physics, but they’re joined at the hip.The two companies are joined at the hip through their joint ownership of the TV station.
See also: hip, join

ˌshoot from the ˈhip

react quickly without thinking carefully first: As a manager, he was sometimes accused of shooting from the hip, but he was always popular with his colleagues.
This refers to firing a shot from a handgun immediately after taking it from your belt, without taking proper aim.
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hip

1. mod. informed; aware. (see also hep.) The guy is just not hip. He’s a nerd.
2. tv. to tell someone; to inform someone. What’s happening? Take a minute and hip me!

hip-shooter

n. someone who talks without thinking; someone who speaks very frankly. (see also shoot from the hip.) He’s just a loudmouthed hip-shooter. Pay no attention.

hit me on the hip

tv. call me on my pager. (Pagers are usually worn attached one’s belt or in a pants packet.) When you need me, just hit me on the hip.
See also: hip, hit, on

joined at the hip

mod. closely connected; as thick as thieves. (As Siamese twins are joined.) Those two are joined at the hip. They are always together.
See also: hip, join

shoot from the hip

in. to speak quickly and without thinking. (see also hip-shooter.) She has a tendency to shoot from the hip, but that’s not really a problem.
See also: hip, shoot

shoot from the hip

Slang
To act or speak on a matter without forethought.
See also: hip, shoot
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The athlete assumes the power position in the standing throw with a partner holding his throwing arm and providing mild resistance as the thrower turns his right hip in the direction of the throw.
This stall of the right foot will prevent the thrower from getting his hips into the throw.
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