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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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The fifth classic ad-lib is from director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining (1980).
The food's good, but droll and 'irreverent' ad-libs would definitely make it taste-even better!
"If I have friends in I ad-lib about them and it is different every night.
Pauline Johnston,MoniqueJohnston-Dears,Emma Dears,Elaine Smith and Serena Sillcott; Emma Dears,far right, with her fiance,Rob Preston (Living Ventures) enjoy a meal with friends Paul Dalglish and fiancee Serena; The manager of Sapporo Teppanyaki,Dimitris Mosfilis, with chef Woody; Prohibition bartenders joined in the fun and kept the cocktails flowing!; Chris Hill (manager,Cotton Club), Ian McNabb and Steve Walter (Living Ventures) at Ad-lib; Paul Moran (LivingVentures) joins Paul Dalglish and Rob Preston at Prohibition; Ricky Gervais lookalike,aka Billy Hughes; Emma Dears and Rob Preston (LivingVentures)
So, we suggest that other editions of 'The Crawl' should put 'ability to entertainingly ad-lib' at the top of their list of casting 'musts,' right up there with 'popularity,' 'looks' and 'star value.'
So she did an ad-lib piece direct to my camera lasting 30 seconds or so, mentioning my wife's name.
Electing to ad-lib both initially and at stages throughout - including a ribald rib-tickler about the length of my manhood and frequently suggesting lines and details for this review - his slick set was as soul-baring as ever.
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.
"The best ad-lib ensemble in the UK," London Evening Standard Cast for this performance is currently scheduled to be: Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Mike McShane.
As the bidding mounted, Gladstone saw his chance to dust down the prepared ad-lib. Pointing to Hancock, 'Come on Nick - you thought it was all over.
His favourite character was Smee, brilliantly played by Mike Newman, who had the audience in stitches with his madcap antics and mastery of the ad-lib.
But as usual with CragRats, it is the unexpected extras that really make this pantomime one to remember - such as the innuendos and the seemingly ad-lib comments from the actors.
ad-lib their way through parts of the show, including a now-familiar exchange that goes something like this:
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.
This means they have to ad-lib and make it up as they go along without stumbling.