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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 handgun immediately upon drawing it from its holster without taking time to aim. The country's prime minister has gained a reputation for 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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You can't hit anything unless you take aim and fire from the shoulder; but these chaps fired from the hip with their eyes shut.
For example, the shotgun has a stronger impact and a wider spread when fired from the hip, has a more concentrated blast when aimed down the sight and has increased damage when used with your Overdrive ability.
In reality, for jungle fighting, the Owen was often fired from the hip without using the sights.
All shots were fired from the hip with alternating firing hands wher one became tired.
The jury heard he moved towards the knifeman, but was shot suddenly by the gunman who 'fired from the hip.'.
I also found it to be a fun gun for plinking--easily controlled and astoundingly accurate when fired from the hip with the laser.
"Full automatic, fired from the hip, 1,500 shots per minute."
Mr Wiseman said the seven shots in 13 seconds fired from the hip by Donovan in the control room area of the sub had "echoed around the world", but it would never be fully known why the attack took place.
He fired from the hip and missed the silhouette target only a few steps away.
Given the odd reverse slope of the Thompson butt plates, I have a hunch more Thompsons were fired from the hip than the shoulder.
Yesterday an SAS source said: "Reid went into the Commons and fired from the hip. Sadly for him, the weapon was pointing at his own foot.
She never even took time to aim, just fired from the hip.
It could be fired from the hip when used with the appropriate shoulder strap
Lawyer for the Wray family, Lord Gifford, referred to claims by another para, Soldier 027, that H had fired from the hip at a range of 20 yards, killing one man and wounding another.
Although it had a bipod support mounted near the muzzle, it could be fired from the hip during trench assaults, although this affected accuracy.