shoot off at the mouth

shoot off at the mouth

1. To speak without discretion; to speak too loudly or freely, especially about sensitive topics or information. We would have gotten away with our plan if your dumb cousin hadn't started shooting off at the mouth all over town. I figured it went without saying that I didn't want to talk about my divorce at Daniel's wedding, but you just had to go and shoot off at the mouth like that!
2. To be annoyingly or overbearingly talkative, especially in a bragging or boastful manner. There's some guy at the other end of the bar shooting off at the mouth about how far he can throw a football.
See also: mouth, off, shoot
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The gun lobby talks a big game and tries to intimidate legislators who stand up for public safety, but when it really comes down to it, the gun lobby can only shoot off at the mouth," said Jeri Bonavia, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.