seat-of-the-pants


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seat-of-the-pants

1. Done without a clear plan or direction. I know my parents think that dropping out of college was a seat-of-the-pants decision, but I just signed with a record label and am launching my singing career!
2. Done without relying on instruments for help or instruction. Once that computer malfunctioned, the pilot had to make a seat-of-the-pants landing.
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Seat-of-the-pants driving has taken on a new twist thanks to Nissan, which is offering free two-tone leather trim with heated front seats to all customers who buy a Micra SX before the end of the year.
Last December, Los Angeles' Water and Power Commission gave similar seat-of-the-pants approval to a 20-year, $320 million deal for the DWP.
From the bitter Arctic to the scalding red centre of Australia, via countless seat-of-the-pants circumnavigations, there's lots of history and anecdote to fascinate on these pages.
The average time to get comfortable in flying the aircraft is 700 to 800 hours in order to develop the proper seat-of-the-pants feel.
Logging in the Southwest has gone from a thriving, deadly industry to a small-scale, seat-of-the-pants operation," Suckling says.
According to Audley, the administration's seat-of-the-pants experience performing environmental reviews during the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1992-1993, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in 1994, and an initiative for accelerated tariff liberalization in the forest products sector in 1999 highlighted a need for a formal, structured approach to assessing environmental risks from trade.
He couldn't keep it up forever--the urgent tone, the seat-of-the-pants feel of cinema verite, the sense of vast structures crumbling around us; he was by then forty-five, and the culture, too, was changing.
Some outfits may be a bit frizzy if they're used to seat-of-the-pants solutions, like simply throwing bandwidth at problems.
Although the fly-on-the-wall documentary series was not the cause of the Royal Opera House's problems, it alerted a broad viewing public to backstage crises, financial brinkmanship, and seat-of-the-pants management decisions.
Although Brown had no specific venture capital experience, his seat-of-the-pants entrepreneurial talents and business background in computers, land development, advertising and telecommunications seemed to fit the HVCA post.
Simon called this limited reasoning power "bounded rationality": a rationality that results in a seat-of-the-pants problem-solving approach that we all tend to adopt.
A current example of seat-of-the-pants management is Ben & Jerry's, the Waterbury, VT-based ice-cream maker.
There is less seat-of-the-pants decision-making; more analysis.
The characteristics of a good manager were energy, tenacity and seat-of-the-pants wisdom.
As methodical analysis rapidly replaces seat-of-the-pants guesswork, buyers, as a group, are forced to cope with mounting paperwork.