seat-of-the-pants
adjective Date: 1942 employing or based on personal experience, judgment, and effort rather than technological aids or formal theory <
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  • seat-of-the-pants — seat′ of the pants′ adj. 1) cvb using or based on experience, instinct, or guesswork: a seat of the pants management style[/ex] 2) done without the aid of instruments: The pilot made a seat of the pants landing[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • seat-of-the-pants — [sēt′ əv thə pants΄] adj. Slang using or relying on intuition and experience rather than instruments, technology, or a predetermined plan …   English World dictionary

  • seat-of-the-pants — adjective INFORMAL not planned or done according to rules …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • seat-of-the-pants — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ adjective : based on personal experience and appraisal rather than on the use of mechanical aids seat of the pants navigation * * * /seet euhv dheuh pants /, adj. 1. using or based on experience, instinct, or guesswork: a seat… …   Useful english dictionary

  • seat-of-the-pants — /seet euhv dheuh pants /, adj. 1. using or based on experience, instinct, or guesswork: a seat of the pants management style. 2. done without the aid of instruments: The pilot made a seat of the pants landing. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • seat-of-the-pants — adjective Done by feel, guess, or trial and error rather than by careful planning, thought or technique. The new pension fund managers are an eclectic group, displaying a spectrum of styles and strategies. Some rely chiefly on computers and… …   Wiktionary

  • seat-of-the-pants — UK / US adjective informal not planned or done according to rules …   English dictionary

  • kick in the (seat of the) pants — AND kick in the ass; kick in the butt; kick in the teeth; kick in the rear n. a strong message of encouragement or a demand. (Use ass and butt with discretion.) □ All he needs is a kick in the seat of the pants to get him going. □ A kick in the… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 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

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