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I dared not to admit – I lied,
So found “friends” on this trip.
My propensity to grip (sometimes),
Or shoot out from the hip,

Or generosity with tips,
Should keep heads down.

What do I have?

Hint #1

I'll likely leave it behind.

Hint #2

But I'm not an animal.

Hint #3

If you can't see it, you may be ahead of me.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think it is clear what to do here. My question is: "Is the answer a single word? If it is, how do we know it is the right word?" $\endgroup$ – Sid Jul 15 '17 at 5:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid, "A puzzle whose answer will be a word or a set of words but not a phrase, sentence or sentences" $\endgroup$ – Dedwards Jul 19 '17 at 16:38
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Perhaps you have a:

tail - which may be kept in hindsight.

I dared not to admit – I lied,

Tail sound like tale, something that may be told instead of admitting the truth. (Also, the last four words' initials give tail.)

So found “friends” on this trip.

If you got a tail, someone is following you.

My propensity to grip (sometimes), Or shoot out from the hip,

An animal's appendage from the hip, that if prehensile, can grip.

Or generosity with tips, Should keep heads down.

Tails showing on coins means heads are down. (Taking this as one clue, else just tails are long tips.)

Hints:

#1 I'll likely leave it behind - you will outrun it.
#2 But I'm not an animal - not the animal type of tail.
#3 If you can't see it, you may be ahead of me - the tail is behind you.

Least confident of lines 1 and 5, but seems to fit.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow! Someone got it! You absolutely nailed it. $\endgroup$ – Dedwards Feb 21 at 14:59
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My guess:

Money

I dared not to admit – I lied

Instead of admitting to a crime, I lied and used money to dodge the consequences.

So found “friends” on this trip

In continuation of the previous line, by using the money to hire a willing legal team to help get you off, I could see them as "friends".

My propensity to grip (sometimes)

Having the natural tendency to save your money.

Or shoot out from the hip

Or sometimes spending money "from the hip", typically the location of you wallet when it is in your pocket.

Or generosity with tips

Pretty straightforward. If you have money, you have the ability to be generous with tips.

Should keep heads down

Placing the money face down makes it easier to identify the bill or coin.

Hint #1

When you die, you'll leave the money behind.

Hint #2

Money isn't an animal.

Title: Kept in Hindsight

You usually don't fully understand what it's like to have money until that situation has occurred.

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    $\begingroup$ Have you noticed the wordplay tag? $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jul 17 '17 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ I actually did not... does this make my guess incorrect? $\endgroup$ – EskimoPuddle Jul 17 '17 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know what the answer is, but none of your explanations involve wordplay, so I think it's very likely incorrect. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jul 17 '17 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I'll have to pay more attention to the tags next time. New to the site, I appreciate your help. $\endgroup$ – EskimoPuddle Jul 17 '17 at 14:07
  • $\begingroup$ +1 because I thought this was one of the answers I thought I'd get. $\endgroup$ – Dedwards Jul 17 '17 at 14:30

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