ad-lib

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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.
References in classic literature ?
Harris said, however, that the river would suit him to a "T." I don't know what a "T" is (except a sixpenny one, which includes bread-and- butter and cake AD LIB., and is cheap at the price, if you haven't had any dinner).
The trouble with President Duterte is his fondness for ad libs and penchant for mouthing nonsense on matters affecting the national interest, even as he seldom consults with his Cabinet and readily shoots from the hips.
But best was the ad libs leading to moments where they couldn't stop laughing at each other.
Hart ad libs through every scene and is always allowed the last word, which only encourages him.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn, boasted a starry lineup as it handed out $2.1 million to various causes, but stealing the show were Jane Fonda with her ad libs, Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, who struggled hilariously to read the TelePrompter, and Lady Gaga with a one-liner about her nose.
Society president Mary Green said: "Some of our founder members and the international and national guest organists who play for us each month love to come to Sutton Coldfield where with their skilful playing and ad libs and jokes creates a wonderful atmosphere which members and visitors enjoy.
The joy of the Mrs Brown shows are in O'Carroll's wicked ad libs and asides, but here there are parts of the script itself that could do with tightening up.
He wasn't happy.' But while the jokes are funny, the asides, ad libs and curtains falling down are even better - just as messing up tricks was far more entertaining than if he'd come on with a slick act.
Anne, 57, who was recently exposed for having "ad libs" scripted for the US version of the show, told a production meeting she wanted to focus on "younger contestants".
Also like Paragamian, Beijing jumps in and and ad libs ideas for his final days.
Indeed, so up for it are the audience that there is a definite touch of pantomime about proceedings as the show's star, Shane Ritchie, teases and ad libs.
You could tell he was uncomfortable with several passages there, the rhetorical parts especially, which he would then cut short-acknowledging that he was driving the teleprompter operators crazy-to bring in his ad libs.
But it remains outstandingly funny, as evidenced by several co-stars being reduced to fits of laughter by Brendan's ad libs.
He's always been at his best at stand-up, particularly when turning his ad libs on any unfortunate audience member arriving late.
His comic timing is superb, his ad libs far funnier than the script, and his voice is fantastic.