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To shoot from the hip

Context #1

Dana: Karen, I need to
buy a new shirt for my company dinner tomorrow night. I think I’m going to buy one of these
two. What do you think? Which one?

Karen: Well, the red
one with the yellow sleeves is interesting – and bright. It really catches the
eye! But the white and blue shirt will probably look better with your skirt.
I’m just not sure I like the pink buttons. Hmmm, I don’t know. Let’s ask Roger.

Dana: Roger, what do
you think of these two shirts? Which one would you buy if you were me?

Roger: Neither. They
are both ugly.

Karen: Wow. He really
shoots from the hip.

Context #2

Dear Professor

I wanted to write you
to ask if our group could submit our project again. Joseph and I did a
lot of research and planning. Fred, on the other hand, did very little
work. Fred knew this, so he promised Joseph and I he would read and organize
all of our work and put it all together. I guess he decided to shoot from the hipbecause none of our research was included –
and he didn’t do any. Joseph and I are very worried about our grade.

Thank you for your


Meaning: To say or do something without thinking carefully about it. This can be used in a positive or negative way. When this idiom is used, it can mean a person is direct and honest (positive) or careless and thoughtless (negative).

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