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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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Given this encouragement, Murray ad-libs a funny, angst-ridden speech ostensibly so that his self-conscious author of a character can impress some women at a party.
Broderick then proudly ad-libs to the camera, "Never had a lesson.
The setting for this ad-lib is the grim flat of the title character, Travis Bickle, as he prepares for the possible assassination of a presidential candidate.
The fifth classic ad-lib is from director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining (1980).
Nicholson's character proceeds to chop a hole in the door, stick his head into the bathroom, and ad-lib, "H-e-e-e-re's Johnny
The sixth brilliant ad-lib is from director Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981).
Thus, Broderick's ad-lib is an important early addition to the picture, because it forewarns us that the comic con games coming from this modern-day Tom Sawyer should be considerable.
Though the "When Harry Met Sally" line was not in Ephron's original screenplay, there was, unlike the previously cited quotes, a gestation period with this ad-lib.
Even though it is not a conventional ad-lib (which is immediately filmed), I am stretching the definition to include it under the improvisational umbrella.
The final memorable ad-lib occurs in director Roland Emmerich's "The Patriot" (2000).
His ad-libs tended to be funnier than his prepared monologue.
The thick-frame glasses, ever-present cigar and bushy eyebrows were more than stage props; they were as much the trademark of Groucho Marx as the biting ad-libs that peppered his stage and screen performances.
He articulates in a controlled speech that draws you to his every word, building layers of drama so that you wonder if this guy is reading from a TelePrompTer or has memorized his ad-libs so precisely that it's scary.
Her ad-libs were often forced, but she was nothing if not in charge.