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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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The new laser sight attachment helps reduce the spread when firing from the hip.
The gun shoots okay out to maybe 15 meters, but firing from the hip is a waste of ammo, while shooting with the arms outstretched is innately imprecise.
However, following his club's 31-23 defeat by Worcester on Saturday, a result which ended a six-game winning streak, Diamond was firing from the hip on the subject of his No.10, who missed four of his five kicks at goal.
'A' Company's commander, Captain Alex Campbell, grabbed a Bren gun from one of his men and charged down the hill, firing from the hip. Clenched in his teeth was a spare ammunition magazine around which he shouted incomprehensible demands for the Germans to surrender.
Because of the concept around which the French Chauchat Machine Rifle was developed: trench warfare in which a light, automatic weapon was deployed by means of "walking fire" with firing from the hip; and the U.S.
As a referee at the highest level, you buy yourself time and consider the major decisions rather than just firing from the hip with cards.
TV clips of rebels show them firing from the hip with machine guns and letting off rounds indiscriminately.
He had commented that Mr Jones had been firing from the hip.
It was good to see Braveheart back on the Roger Mellie the other day, firing from the hip as usual, and although you may not agree with all his views, Mark is never boring.
That man, Richard Pacquette, looked, for a millisecond, almost as stunned by what he had done as the Liverpool fans but then he was on his way, gesticulating, firing from the hip, doing it like the Premier League stars do it.
"Fusilier Crookes took his stand in the centre of the rock with his bren gun and for more than two hours dominated the scene, firing from the hip, and when the gun was temporarily out of action, throwing grenades or firing a rifle."
Unlike China's regular leaders, accustomed to attending party meetings where participants read from prepared statements, Zhu appeared comfortable fielding questions and firing from the hip.
It was fascinating to witness such firing from the hip from a man who laid so much store in his writings on the need for careful study of the evidence before making pronouncements on the past.