[hip] /hɪp/
the projecting part of each side of the body formed by the side of the pelvis and the upper part of the femur and the flesh covering them; haunch.
Architecture. the inclined projecting angle formed by the junction of a sloping side and a sloping end, or of two adjacent sloping sides, of a roof.
See illus. under roof.
Furniture. knee (def 6).
(especially of a garment) extending to the hips; hiplength:
"hip boots."
verb (used with object), hipped, hipping.
(especially of livestock) to injure or dislocate the hip of.
Architecture. to form (a roof) with a hip or hips.
shoot from the hip, Informal. to speak or act bluntly or rashly, without deliberation or prudence:
"Diplomats are trained to conduct themselves with discretion, and not to shoot from the hip."
smite hip and thigh, to attack unmercifully; overcome. Judg. 15:8.
before 1000; Middle English hipe, hupe, Old English hype; cognate with Old High German huf (German Hüfte hip), Gothic hups hip, loin; compare Greek kýbos cube, the hollow above the hips (of cattle), Latin cubitus elbow (see cubit)
Related forms
hipless, adjective
hiplike, adjective


[shoot] /ʃut/
verb (used with object), shot, shooting.
to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon.
to execute or put to death with a bullet:
"to be shot at sunrise."
to send forth or discharge (a missile) from a weapon:
"to shoot a bullet."
to discharge (a weapon):
"to shoot a gun."
to send forth (words, ideas, etc.) rapidly:
"to shoot questions at someone."
to fling; propel:
"The volcano shot lava high into the air."
to direct suddenly or swiftly:
"Shoot the spotlight on the doorway. He shot a smile at his wife."
to move suddenly; send swiftly along.
to go over (country) in hunting game.
to pass rapidly through, over, down, etc.:
"to shoot rapids."
to emit (a ray or rays, as of light) suddenly, briefly, or intermittently.
to variegate by threads, streaks, etc., of another color.
to cause to extend or project:
"He shot out his arm and grabbed the ball."
to discharge or empty, as down a chute:
"Do not shoot rubbish here!"
  1. to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
  2. to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
Games. to propel (a marble) from the crook or first knuckle of the forefinger by flicking with the thumb.
  1. to throw (the dice or a specific number).
  2. to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money):
    I'll shoot ten bucks.
Photography. to photograph or film.
to put forth (buds, branches, etc.), as a plant.
to slide (a bolt or the like) into or out of its fastening.
to pull (one's cuffs) abruptly toward one's hands.
Golf. to make a final score of (so many strokes):
"He shot a 73 on the first 18 holes of the tournament."
to take the altitude of (a heavenly body):
"to shoot the sun."
to detonate; cause to explode, as a charge of explosives.
Aeronautics. to practice (a maneuver) by repetition:
"to shoot landings."
Slang. to inject (an addictive drug) intravenously.
verb (used without object), shot, shooting.
to send forth missiles from a bow, firearm, or the like.
to be discharged, as a firearm.
to hunt with a gun for sport:
"He fishes, but he doesn't shoot."
to move or pass suddenly or swiftly; spurt:
"The car shot ahead and was soon out of sight."
Nautical. to acquire momentum and coast into the wind, as a sailboat in a confined area.
to grow forth from the ground, as a stem.
to put forth buds or shoots, as a plant; germinate.
Photography. to photograph.
Movies. to film or begin to film a scene or movie.
to extend; jut:
"a cape shooting out into the sea."
Sports, Games.
  1. to propel a ball, puck, etc., at a goal, basket, pocket, etc., or in a specific direction:
    He shot for the green with a five iron.
  2. to propel a ball in a specific way:
    The center shoots left-handed.
to be felt by or flow through or permeate the body:
"Pain shot through his injured arm. Chills shot up and down her spine."
to carry by force of discharge or momentum:
"The missile left its pad and shot thousands of miles into space."
Informal. to begin, especially to begin to talk:
"I want to hear your complaint, so shoot!"
the act of shooting with a bow, firearm, etc.
Chiefly British. a hunting trip or expedition.
a match or contest at shooting.
a growing or sprouting, as of a plant.
a new or young growth that shoots off from some portion of a plant.
the amount of such growth.
a young branch, stem, twig, or the like.
a sprout that is not three feet high.
a chute.
Rocketry. the launching of a missile.
Informal. a photographic assignment or session, as for a feature film or a television commercial:
"The actress is away on a shoot."
Rowing. the interval between strokes.
  1. a small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
  2. a narrow vein of ore.
Verb phrases
shoot down,
  1. to cause to fall by hitting with a shot:
    They shot down several ducks.
  2. Informal. to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate; debunk:
    to shoot down a popular theory.
shoot for/at, to attempt to obtain or accomplish; strive toward:
"He is shooting for a higher production level."
shoot up,
  1. to grow rapidly or suddenly.
  2. Informal. to damage or harass by reckless shooting:
    cowboys shooting up the town.
  3. to wound by shooting:
    He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.
  4. Slang. to inject an addictive drug intravenously.
shoot from the hip, to act or speak without due consideration or deliberation.
shoot off one's mouth/face, Slang.
  1. to talk indiscreetly, especially to reveal confidences, make thoughtless remarks, etc.
  2. to exaggerate:
    He likes to shoot off his mouth about what a great guy he is.
shoot one's bolt. bolt1 (def 28).
shoot one's wad. wad1 (def 13).
shoot the breeze. breeze1 (def 11).
shoot the bull. bull3 (def 2).
shoot the works. work (def 54).
before 900; Middle English shoten (v.), Old English scēotan; cognate with Dutch schieten, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot1
3, 5. project, impel, hurl, cast, throw. 17a. roll. 30. spring, start, dash, bolt, rush, fly. 36. project, protrude.
British Dictionary definitions for shoot from the hip
hip1 (hɪp)
1.  (often plural) either side of the body below the waist and above the thigh, overlying the lateral part of the pelvis and its articulation with the thighbones
2.  another name for pelvis
3.  short for hip joint
4.  the angle formed where two sloping sides of a roof meet or where a sloping side meets a sloping end
[Old English hype; related to Old High German huf, Gothic hups, Dutch heup]

hip2 (hɪp)
Also called: rosehip the berry-like brightly coloured fruit of a rose plant: a swollen receptacle, rich in vitamin C, containing several small hairy achenes
[Old English héopa; related to Old Saxon hiopo, Old High German hiufo, Dutch joop, Norwegian dialect hjūpa]

hip3 (hɪp)
an exclamation used to introduce cheers (in the phrase hip, hip, hurrah)
[C18: of unknown origin]

hip or hep4 (hɪp)
adj (foll by to) , hipper, hippest, hepper, heppest
1.  aware of or following the latest trends in music, ideas, fashion, etc
2.  informed (about)
[C20: variant of earlier hep]
hep or hep4
[C20: variant of earlier hep]

HIP (hɪp)
n acronym for
(in England and Wales) home information pack: a set of documents that a seller must possess before his or her property can be put on the market

shoot (ʃuːt)
vb , shoots, shooting, shot
1.  (tr) to hit, wound, damage, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon
2.  to discharge (a missile or missiles) from a weapon
3.  to fire (a weapon) or (of a weapon) to be fired
4.  to send out or be sent out as if from a weapon: he shot questions at her
5.  (intr) to move very rapidly; dart
6.  (tr) to slide or push into or out of a fastening: to shoot a bolt
7.  to emit (a ray of light) or (of a ray of light) to be emitted
8.  (tr) to go or pass quickly over or through: to shoot rapids
9.  (intr) to hunt game with a gun for sport
10.  (tr) to pass over (an area) in hunting game
11.  to extend or cause to extend; project
12.  (tr) to discharge down or as if down a chute
13.  (intr) (of a plant) to produce (buds, branches, etc)
14.  (intr) (of a seed) to germinate
15.  to photograph or record (a sequence, subject, etc)
16.  (tr; usually passive) to variegate or streak, as with colour
17.  sport to hit or propel (the ball, etc) towards the goal
18.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) sport to score (points, strokes, etc): he shot 72 on the first round
19.  (tr) to plane (a board) to produce a straight edge
20.  (tr) mining to detonate
21.  (tr) to measure the altitude of (a celestial body)
22.  slang (often foll by up) to inject (someone, esp oneself) with (a drug, esp heroin)
23.  shoot a line See line
24.  shoot from the hip to speak bluntly or impulsively without concern for the consequences
25.  shoot one's bolt See bolt
26.  informal shoot oneself in the foot to damage one's own cause inadvertently
27.  slang shoot one's mouth off
 a.  to talk indiscreetly
 b.  to boast or exaggerate
28.  shoot the breeze See breeze
29.  the act of shooting
30.  the action or motion of something that is shot
31.  the first aerial part of a plant to develop from a germinating seed
32.  any new growth of a plant, such as a bud, young branch, etc
33.  chiefly (Brit) a meeting or party organized for hunting game with guns
34.  an area or series of coverts and woods where game can be hunted with guns
35.  a steep descent in a stream; rapid
36.  informal a photographic assignment
37.  geology, mining a narrow workable vein of ore
38.  obsolete the reach of a shot
39.  slang the whole shoot everything
40.  (US), (Canadian) an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc
[Old English sceōtan; related to Old Norse skjōta, Old High German skiozan to shoot, Old Slavonic iskydati to throw out]

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Word Origin and History for shoot from the hip
"part of the body where pelvis and thigh join," O.E. hype, from P.Gmc. *khupiz (cf. Du. heup, Ger. Hüfte, Goth. hups "hip"), from PIE *qeub- "to bend." Hipsters "pants that ride on the hips" first attested 1962; hip-huggers in this sense first recorded 1967.
"seed pod" (especially of wild rose), O.E. heope, hiope, from P.Gmc. *khiup- (cf. dial. Norw. hjupa, O.H.G. hiafo, Ger. hiefe, O.E. hiopa "briar, bramble").
"informed," 1904, apparently originally in black slang, probably a variant of hep, with which it is identical in sense, though it is recorded four years earlier. Hip-hop music style first recorded 1982.
exclamation used to introduce a united cheer (cf. hip-hip-hurrah), 1827, earlier hep, cf. Ger. hepp, to animals a cry to attack, to mobs a cry to attack Jews (see hep (2)); perhaps a natural sound (cf. L. eho, heus).
O.E. sceotan "to shoot" (class II strong verb; past tense sceat, pp. scoten), from P.Gmc. *skeutanan (cf. O.S. skiotan, O.N. skjota, O.Fris. skiata, Du. schieten, Ger. schießen), from PIE base *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (cf. Skt. skundate "hastens, makes haste," O.C.S. iskydati "to throw out," Lith. skudrus "quick, nimble"). Meanings "send forth swiftly" and "wound with missiles" were in O.E. In ref. to pool playing, the verb is attested from 1926. Meaning "to inject by means of a hypodermic needle" is attested from 1914. Meaning "photograph" (especially a movie) is from 1890. As an interjection, an arbitrary euphemistic alteration of shit, it is recorded from 1934. Shooting star first recorded 1593. Shoot the breeze "chat" first recorded 1941. Shoot to kill first attested 1867.
"young branch of a tree or plant," mid-15c., from shoot (v.). Meaning "conduit for coal, etc." is from 1844. Shoot-out is from 1953.
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shoot from the hip in Medicine

hip (hĭp)

  1. The lateral prominence of the pelvis from the waist to the thigh.

  2. The hip joint.

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shoot from the hip in Science
The part of a vascular plant that is above ground, including the stem and leaves. The tips of shoots contain the apical meristem.
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  1. hep (1904+ Black)
  2. Being and/or emulating a hipster, hippy, beatnik, etc; cool, far out : ''I'm hip'' means Cool/ to be hip is to be ''disaffiliated'' (1951+)

To make aware; inform : educating the masses of America, hipping black people to the need to work together (1932+)


shoot from the hip

[fr hep]


  1. An invitation to speak, explain, etc : Just a minute. Okay. Shoot (1915+)
  2. A mild exclamation of disgust, disappointment, distress, etc • A euphemism for shit : Shoot, it's just the whiskey (late 1800s+)
  1. A photographic or movie-making session : It was not an easy shoot (1970s+)
  2. shoot the breeze (1940s+)
  1. To photograph, esp to make a movie : They were shooting over in Jersey (1890+)
  2. shoot up (1914+ Narcotics)
  3. (also shoot off)To ejaculate semen; come (1922+)
  4. To play certain games : watch the flamingos, shoot a little golf, grow a little garden (1926+)


[fourth verb sense by 1891 in the case of craps]

shoot from the hip

verb phrase

To act or respond impulsively and aggressively; be recklessly impetuous; have a short fuse : A politician should seldom shoot from the hip

[1970s+; fr the image of a gunfighter who fires his weapon without aiming, as just drawn from the holster]

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shoot from the hip

Speak or act recklessly or impulsively, as in Steve isn't very tactful; indeed, he's known for shooting from the hip. This expression transfers the fast shooting accomplished by drawing a gun from a holster and shooting without raising it to quick speaking or acting. [Slang; mid-1900s] For a similar transfer, see shoot off one's mouth.

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