fly by the seat of one's pants Explained
fly by the seat of one's pants at English (WD) Of Explained:
Inter: head » en|verb|head=to
fly by the seat of one's pants
Inter: idiomati » c To pilot an aircraft without the aid of instruments and without a flight plan, using only instinct, visual observation, and practical judgment.
Feb. 21, "Planes for Pleasure,"
: Between world wars, when Douglas Bader was a cocky, teen-age R.A.F. cadet . . . a man could navigate by eye and the nearest railroad track and
fly by the seat of his pants
Inter: idiomatic » by extension To use one's judgment, initiative, and perceptions as events unfold in order to improvise a course of action without a predetermined plan.
Jan. 14, Category: w - :Jacob Heilbrunn|Jacob Heilbrunn, "Election Confidential,"
New York Times
(retrieved 25 June 2011)
: “Unlike Obama and his methodical process, McCain was
flying by the seat of his pants
,” the authors observe.
* Inter: sense » improvise a course of action without a predetermined plan play by ear, wing it
fly by night
fly by the seat of one’s pants
fly in the face
fly in the face of
fly in the ointment
fly in the teeth of
fly into a rage
fly like a rock
fly off the handle
fly on the wall
fly one's freak flag
fly out of the traps