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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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Because this was an expensive, high-profile production by MGM (the Hollywood studio least receptive to unscripted material), director Victor Fleming could hardly encourage ad-libbing.
Fortunately for all, no-one was hurt and it was all - very goodhumoured, with a bit of ad-libbing about law suits suddenly thrown into the plot.
I'm much better at ad-libbing for Mrs Overall than for Ria Jones.
Hall covered, ad-libbing that Nelson was probably with missing comedian David La
Jonathan will take a look back, Letterman-style, at the week's events, musing and ad-libbing to his heart's content.
It is a shame as you could do some great ad-libbing with him.
I'm ad-libbing the whole of my career and I'm ad-libbing my life.
When it comes to ad-libbing while a float is stalled in the turn from Orange Grove to Colorado Boulevard, experience counts, and that means veterans Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards on KTLA, whose coverage also runs in syndication and on the Travel Channel.
On British telly the wise-cracking ad-libbing Geordie lads have been like a breath of fresh air but in the land of the free the autocue rules, performers are scripted to the n'th degree and anything remotely adventurous or anarchic is squashed.
It was a persona that fit the fast-talking, ad-libbing Hope well, and he seldom had reason to deviate from it.
In fact, after about 30 minutes it becomes clear that everything that works in Cradle 2 The Grave was either improvised or not specifically written into the script - ie the fight scenes and Anthony Anderson's hysterical ad-libbing.
Even with Lewis stalling and ad-libbing his heart out, the audience began to disperse, and NBC filled the remainder of the evening with a short film about pistols.
The Helldorado shootout ($4 for adults, $1 for kids) was found to be mostly clowning and ad-libbing, but if these thespian shootists maintained historical authenticity, the shows would last only seconds and the cold-bloodedness would surely horrify the kiddies and depress the adults.
Jesse Ventura as he does about the ribald ad-libbing that found its way into ``Joe Somebody.
You have to have confidence to enjoy it,'' writes Bob Hope in ``About Love,'' ad-libbing as Huckleberry Haines in the 1933 Broadway Production ``Roberta.