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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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Nicholson's character proceeds to chop a hole in the door, stick his head into the bathroom, and ad-lib, "H-e-e-e-re's Johnny
But credit has to be given for his superb ad-lib when challenged to sing a song about mange-tout to the tune of Penny Lane.
The show was done entirely without writers--Klavan and Dee Finch were able to improvise and ad-lib every day through four hours of irreverence.
Sound and lighting company Ad-lib Audio held a belated staff Christmas party at the newly-opened Cotton Club in Bold Street, when one of the highlights of the evening's celebrations was a very slick awards ceremony.
In addition, Dick Cavett is on hand as the narrator to ad-lib responses to the rowdier cultists (more on them later).
The :30 spot, directed by Christopher Guest, and featuring Don Lake of the new NBC show, "Watching Ellie," combines Guest's signature comedic ad-lib style and a unique choice of wardrobe to tout Dockers new line of pants as "men's answer to the little black dress.
All of us had different objectives in our scenes together, so we had no choice but to ad-lib, to achieve a desired objective.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Roe deer 9 Omits 10 Gully 11 Grenade 12 Moo 13 Drying up 16 Monsieur 17 Lie 19 Shebang 21 Hindi 22 Renal 23 En masse DOWN: 1 Origami 2 Well-to-do 3 Rely 4 Governor 5 Diva 6 Islet 8 Rugby league 13 Disraeli 14 Ugliness 15 Recipes 18 Usury 20 Etna 21 Hemp QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Coat of paint 8 Ram 9 Era 11 Opinion 12 Lie in 13 Bet 14 Dog 15 Suburbs 17 Two 19 Kite 21 Drew 23 Chic 25 Judo 27 Eat 29 Whatsit 31 Mrs 34 Sir 36 Beast 37 Lecture 38 Oar 39 Mow 40 Dislocation DOWN: 1 Cape 2 Omit 3 Tribute 4 Fungus 5 Ad-lib 6 Need 7 Trio 8 Robot 10 Angle 16 Ski 18 Odd 20 Ice 22 Row 24 Haircut 25 Jumbo 26 Italic 28 Threw 30 Hotel 32 Read 33 Sari 34 Sumo 35 Iron followed
This time he was the man with no script, but he was less ad-lib, more addled.
I do usually try to prepare a speech for things like this, but I have to admit that the last four lines of my speech were written by BAFTA and I had to ad-lib the rest.
Rachel Buckle is among a growing number of pedigree breeders who have abandoned rearing surplus lambs with bottles and teats and switched to an ad-lib system, which has enabled her lambs to achieve equal performance and returns to those reared naturally.
The best part of the programme is where Brian reveals he has been to a certain person's house with a film crew,allowing him to ad-lib in a funny way.
You had Dave Gorman apparently auditioning for Meetings With Remarkable Trees; Barry Cryer, a man who couldn't ad-lib flatulence on an all-bean diet; and Ed Byrne, who has cut his hair off presumably so no-one recognises him from Sam's Game.
Perhaps a key issue or problem that needs to be recognized and addressed is the show's decision to make its cohosts ad-lib most of the comments and information they provide.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Iceland 9 Ocean 10 Eland 11 Settled 12 Ski 13 Driveway 16 Inkwells 17 Roe 19 Stiffen 21 Madam 22 Extol 23 Surgeon DOWN: 1 Finesse 2 Legation 3 Hand 4 Fortress 5 Real 6 Snide 8 Disciplines 13 Downfall 14 Abridged 15 Germany 18 Islet 20 Iota 21 More QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Pillow fight 8 Doc 9 Are 1 Elevate 12 Ad-lib 13 Cod 14 Loo 15 Sizzled 17 Rot 19 Ally 21Wage 23 Tuna 25 Fool 27 Yes 29 Invader 31 Emu 34 See 36 Loner 37 Receive 38 Dad 39 Del 40 Nosey parker DOWN: 1 Polo 2 Iced 3 Leading 4Wheeze 5 Image 6 Hall 7 Trio 8 Decor 10 Ebony 16 Dan 18 Two 20 Lay 22 Ali 24 Used car 25 Field 26 Pair up 28 Steel 30 Nerve 32 Moan 33 Undo 34 Side 35 Ever