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fly by the seat of one's pants Explained

fly by the seat of one's pants at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Verb

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.
    1. 1955 Feb. 21, "Planes for Pleasure," Time:
    2. : 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 2010 Jan. 14, Category: w - :Jacob Heilbrunn|Jacob Heilbrunn, "Election Confidential," New York Times (retrieved 25 June 2011):
    5. : “Unlike Obama and his methodical process, McCain was flying by the seat of his pants,” the authors observe.


    Synonyms

    * Inter: sense » improvise a course of action without a predetermined plan play by ear, wing it

    Related terms

    * seat-of-the-pants