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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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Andrew Boothroyd of Lindley WMC A topped that with a fine 43, but the highest break was made by Andrew Wright of Marsh Lib A with a 53 against Leon Bentley of Broad Oak BC D.
Section A: Brockholes v Almondbury Lib, Longwood v Clayton West, Thongsbridge B v Skel Windmill, Golcar Lib v Crosland Moor, Shepley v Lockwood Con, Oakfield TBC v Newsome WM.
CHESTER council remains hung with no party taking overall control,although the Lib Dems have overtaken Labour as the largest party.
Lindley Lib stalwart Peter Hopkinson rolled back the years to win 21-18 against Andrew Beardsall of Marsden Lib 21-18.
Section 1A: Meltham Lib E v Marsden Social, Canalside B v Upper Hopton WMC B, Hillhouse & Birkby BC C v Bye, Top Spot v Marsh Lib B, Bradley & Colne WMC B v Crosland Moor Con C, Deighton WMC v Primrose Hill Lib B, New Mill Club A v Paddock C & BC B, Lockwood Con A v Lindley Lib A.
Current composition: Con 24, Lab 22, Lib Dem 5, Ind 1
In the billiards, Brian Cousen of Lindley Lib recorded the highest break with a 68 and followed that up with a 32 on his way to beating Chris Kelly of Meltham Lib in a match won 2-1 by Lindley.
Lib Dem leader, Coun Peter Arnold, said: "Our objective is to take control of the city council.
COWCLIFFE LIB First round: (A) M Howarth (Milnsbridge Lib) v T Broadbent (Primrose Hill Lib) E Haigh (Meltham Lib) V C Valentine (Milnsbridge Lib), G Woodruff (Linthwaite CBC) v T Chatfield (Golcar Lib), I Haigh (Almondbury Lib) v M Sykes (Golcar Lib), N Kaine (Marsh Lib) v B Hallas (Almondbury Lib), G Whitehouse (Marsh Lib) v P Hopkinson (Lindley Lib), G Baxter (Crosland Moor) v R Haigh (Linthwaite CBC).
Birmingham Hodge Hill: Con 2373, Lab 3424, Lib Dem 943.
Newcastle Central: Benwell and Scotswood (3 Labour councillors), Blakelaw (3 Lib Dem), Elswick (3 Lab), Fenham (3 Lab), Kenton (3 Lab), Lemington (3 Lab), Westgate (3 Lab) and Wingrove (2 Lab, 1 Lib Dem).
Division I: Marsden 2 Almondbury Lib A 8, Lindley Lib A 10 Meltham Lib A 0, Golcar Lib A 8 Crosland Moor 2.
He said the Lib Dems were the ones who moved that the Town Centre Partnership be allowed to question the Asda development team over Chapel Street and that it was his side which was proposing a citizens' jury on traffic problems in and around the town - a wish opposed by all the other parties.
Current: Labour 50, Cons 12, Lib Dem 5, BNP4, Independent 1
North Warwickshire Borough Council CURRENT STATE OF PLAY: Lab 22, Con 9, Lib Dem 2, Ind 1 (total 34)