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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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I remember drinking with him and Keith Allen - a magazine mistakenly thought they were pals of old, so I had to brief them on their lifelong "friendship" and they ad libbed the interview without the journalist realising they had only just met.
Roxas ad libbed wish to have Aquino stay on will generate public skepticism about the Presidents sincerity and tarnish his reputation for being upright and true to his word.
The actor ad libbed to cope with a phone repeatedly going off during Broadway play A Steady Rain.
at Los Angeles' Ebell Theater, many of the teleprompter-challenged presenters ad libbed risque asides; one even had a go at the showbiz gossip cabler.
Clinton's "eyes bulged briefly as he realized something was amiss," then he ad libbed off a text filled with hideous errors, Panicked, Waldman finds then-adviser David Gergen in the crowd, who shrugs and correctly advises "Don't worry about it." Few notice.