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seat-of-the-pants

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Based on or using intuition and experience rather than a plan or method; improvised: "Each has already moved beyond seat-of-the-pants management to more professional operating procedures” ( Business Week).
  • adj. Slang Performed without using instruments: a seat-of-the-pants landing of the aircraft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Done by feel, guess, or trial and error rather than by careful planning, thought or technique.

Etymologies

From seat + of + the + pants. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They tend to think in images rather than words, focus on the big picture rather than the details, and go through life in a somewhat seat-of-the-pants a.k.a. scattered way.

    CNN.com

  • Instead he's a seat-of-the-pants American pragmatist, trying to make things work, lead his team to victory, by muddling through.

    Majesty at Royal Melbourne

  • This too was once a seat-of-the-pants operation that continually presents brave, fresh, young, strong art.

    Paul Klein: The People's Art Fair

  • Or, you might be one of those seat-of-the-pants writers who loves to plop down each day at the computer or over a pad of paper and just write, letting your story flow without planning, anxious to see where your story takes you.

    NaNoWriMo Workshop – Plot « Write Anything

  • In this particular case, how much it has to do with climate change is, in my seat-of-the-pants opinion, limited.

    Wonk Room » Global Boiling: Unprecedented Flooding Of Red River Leaves Fargo ‘On The Brink Of Disaster’

  • You have been at your best, I dare say, in the campaign and in office, when you have paid little attention to the conventional wisdom; when you have pushed aside “politics de rigueur” and gone with “politics de seat-of-the-pants.”

    Dear President Obama #244: Picture time: Uh, check the exposure…

  • They simply bridge the gaping holes left by four years of seat-of-the-pants plotting that suddenly have to be tied up with a neat bow as if they were intended from the start.

    MIND MELD: If We Ran Battlestar Galactica

  • By dramatizing the seat-of-the-pants process by which fiction is composed, highlighting the conventional signals of "setting" or "character" that guide our reading of fiction, disclosing the extent to which fiction is the active struggle to incorporate reality within an aesthetic scheme, not a completed account of reality, Flaw exposes the "flaw" in thinking that fiction can be a seamless represention of the real.

    Translated Texts

  • In contrast to the assurance of the "Hérodiade-Fragmente," the Beethoven had a sloppy, seat-of-the-pants excitement.

    The National Symphony Orchestra audience directs its attention to Eschenbach

  • There was also clearly a resources problem, with a demand for more and better stories for the same money or less; but I can't help feeling that the seat-of-the-pants method of producing Who may have been a symptom rather than a cause of Lloyd's problems.

    Doctor Who Rewatch: 06

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