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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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There were some puzzled looks when no note book or dictaphone materialised, but the puzzlement soon turned to admiration as our hero ad-libbed 600 words of purple prose and sensational quotes.
Oddly enough the most dramatic moment in the council's recent productions may have come last month when members were kvetching over a proposal to combine three senior citizen support programs into one, for a modest savings of 3 percent of the total original budgets, when Cindy Miscikowski, senator from the rich part of the empire, ad-libbed her own ``Beware the ides of March.
Although she appeared to forget most of the words, Patti made up for it with a stunning ad-libbed vocal at the end.
The embarrassed star ad-libbed badly, filling in with: "I've forgotten the words.
Allen established the show's early formula of guest interviews, music, ad-libbed comedy and odd moments with ordinary folks, and Weaver gave it a national platform and dubbed it ``The Tonight Show,'' a weeknight bookend to its sign-on ``Today Show.
Over 73 years of Academy Awards, the thank-you speech often offers the night's most memorable - and revealing - ad-libbed moments.
Brian Williams gives a straight report, but there's still some ad-libbed conversation, some kind of commentary seeping out.
Home Movies'' will be partly ad-libbed (that will cut down on the sprawling writing staff) and comes in SquiggleVision, a vibrating animation technique honed on ``Dr.
When they're not making impromptu music, they're filling in the show with ad-libbed comedy routines.
Befuddled stars coupled off for impromptu ballroom dancing, while Lewis struggled with an ad-libbed routine.
Indeed, ``MiB'' has only one, throwaway gag line, ad-libbed by Smith himself, that acknowledges the actor's color.