by the seat of your pants

By the seat of your pants
If you do something by the seat of your pants, you achieve something, but only by a narrow margin or do something without advance preparation.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • by the seat of your pants — see ↑seat, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑pants by the seat of your pants : by using your own judgment and feelings to deal with each new problem or task without planning, preparation, or help from others He was running the company by the seat of his pants …   Useful english dictionary

  • by the seat of your pants — by the seat of (your) pants if you do something by the seat of your pants, you do it using your own experience and ability, without help from anyone else. We found our way by the seat of our pants, but if I ever did another jungle trek I d take a …   New idioms dictionary

  • by the seat of your pants —    If you do something by the seat of your pants, you do it without help from anyone.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • by the seat of your pants — with little money, without planning, a lick and a promise    You can t operate a business by the seat of your pants …   English idioms

  • (flying) by the seat of your pants — phrase using only your judgment and skill, when you are doing something new and you cannot use your previous experience We started the business in 1996, and for the first couple of years we were flying by the seat of our pants. Thesaurus: having… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fly by the seat of your pants —    If you fly by the seat of your pants, you do something without any knowledge or experience, using only your instinct and hoping that you will succeed.     Without any formal training, he decided to fly by the seat of his pants and try his luck …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fly by the seat of your pants — fly by the seat of (your) pants informal to do something difficult without the necessary experience or ability. None of us had ever worked on a magazine before so we were flying by the seat of our pants. (often in continuous tenses) …   New idioms dictionary

  • (fly) by the seat of your pants — (fly) by the seat of your ˈpants idiom (informal) to act without careful thought and without a plan that you have made in advance, hoping that you will be lucky and be successful Syn: ↑wing it Main entry: ↑seatidio …   Useful english dictionary

  • fly by the seat of your pants — Meaning Decide a course of action as you go along, using your own initiative and perceptions rather than a pre determined plan or theory. Origin Early aviation parlance. Aircraft initially had few navigation aids and flying was accomplished by… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • fly by the seat of your... — See by the seat of your pants …   English idioms

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