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an expression which suggests the described person
a. speaks or behaves in a brusque, honest fashion
b. does not censor their actions or words
c. speaks tersely; communicates with the fewest number of words

cf. to be brutally honest; to tell it like it is; to pull no punches

deriv. (Old West--when a person who 'shot from the hip' pulled their trigger in a proper draw (ie from a hip holster.) This is in direct contrast to a person who arrived to the gunfight with guns drawn. By extension, a person who 'shoots from the hip' possesses the positive quality of handling a situation in the prescribed mode.)
I really like Vin Diesel's character; he sure shoots from the hip, boy!
by BGJ August 30, 2004
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One who has a mania for music.
I am a melomaniac.
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1.To make a decision or execute an action in the spur of the moment.
2.A quick reaction
"woah, joe had to shoot from the hip when that teacher woke him up and asked him a question"
by zatch August 29, 2004
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Literally, it means to fire a pistol or firearm from the hip, instead of raising it up to aim properly. Slangwise it means to improvise or guess about the results of an action.
No time, gotta shoot from the hip
by Kinnin August 30, 2004
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Shooting a weapon while holding it really low, at hipline, as the name suggests. Usually done by only highly skilled marksmen, since aiming like that is very difficult.
When I shoot from the hip, I need an entire magazine to hit the broad side of a barn.
by kainam August 29, 2004
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A 'hip' (no pun intended) way to take photographs with the LOMO Camera. Those who use this Russian camera usually carry it everywhere with them and call their hobby 'Lomography'. The camera has a special lens that gives sometimes erratic results, but eventually all photos look cool.
'Lomographers' shoot everyday objects as they travel and don't use the viewfinder; instead, they hold the camera at the hip and click - this increases the whole excitement of waiting for the film to develop, cuz u'r not sure what you will get.
by Sammy August 30, 2004
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To attack or attempt something without a plan, similar to "Winging It," but with less intelligence and no regard for the welfare of those around you.
Joe: "Man, Paul told us he had our presentation covered, but decided to Shoot from the Hip and we all failed!"
Steve: "So much for passing that class."
Joe: "Man, Fuck Paul"
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