fly by the seat of (one's) pants

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fly by the seat of (one's) pants

To rely on one's instinct, as opposed to acting according to a set plan. I really don't know how to operate this thing, I'm just flying by the seat of my pants here. You can't just fly by the seat of your pants, Jenna—please give your future some serious thought.
See also: fly, of, pant, seat

fly by the seat of your pants

INFORMAL
If you fly by the seat of your pants, you use your judgment and intelligence to do something that you have never done before, in a way that is risky, because you have no experience or training to rely on. `In the first year of trading we knew nothing and were flying by the seat of our pants,' Petti said. The truth is that all new parents fly by the seat of their pants and try to learn quickly from experience. Note: You can also use seat-of-the-pants before a noun. It had always been a seat-of-the-pants type of organization.
See also: fly, of, pant, seat
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He wasn't given any of the questions in advance, which means he has to fly by the seat of his pants.
I was deputy leader of the city council at the time and he was did fly by the seat of his pants when it came to paying the bill for the police and so on.
Especially if Benitez continues to mix-and-match his squad, while saving his A-team so he can fly by the seat of his pants in Europe.
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He would walk the high-wire, fly by the seat of his pants, and defy political death.
Keegan, the coach who loves to fly by the seat of his pants, is ready to defy the clipboard-carriers who reckon international football is like rocket science, only harder.