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ad-lib

1. adjective Of or characterized by an impromptu fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. Jazz improv is always a bit ad-lib by design; you can't plan what you might play!
2. adverb Done in an impromptu or free-hand fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. His comedy is always so unique; I hear he does the whole thing ad-lib.
3. noun Something, usually performative in nature, that is done with little or no preparation beforehand. His speech this morning felt like it was a bit of an ad-lib. I don't think he prepared any notes ahead of time.
4. verb To say, do, or perform something in an impromptu fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. I had forgotten to rehearse my lines for the audition, so I just decided to ad-lib the whole way through.
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For the six remaining finalists, not only did we have to improvise two highlights that we had never seen before and ad-lib on-screen graphics, we had to do it with a producer counting in our ear.
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As first baseman Shawn Wooten noted, while most of his address was painstakingly scripted, he did ad-lib a good deal of material.
In this respect, Sidewinder, in its infancy at Hope Street venue Ad-Lib, is certainly a blast from the past.
Everyone's free to ad-lib and I just keep the camera rolling.
We used to tell them Bible stories and let them decide what they would do with it and they would then just ad-lib.
Supposedly it wasn't a pleasant experience for the playwright because the brothers would ad-lib throughout the play.
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We had a special dispensation for him so he didn't have to wear the tunic," revealed quiz host Greg Proops, the comedian who rose to fame in the ad-lib comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway.
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Eldredge, who was skating beautifully, singled a triple axel a little more than a minute from the end of his program, then crashed when he tried to ad-lib another.