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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 two maintain that their ad-libs added freshness to the scenes even if they weren't ultimately used in the movie.
Although he was working from a wonderful script by Larry Gelbart and Murray Shisgal, Pollack is always receptive to actor ad-libs. The winning example in this picture is from the unbilled Bill Murray, who plays Dustin Hoffman's playwriting roommate.
The food's good, but droll and 'irreverent' ad-libs would definitely make it taste-even better!
The one-man blitzkrieg of ad-libs and asides becomes wearisome, so the film introduces a cherubic pint-sized hench-boy to do Williams's bidding: two scene-stealing show-offs for the price of one.
But the material, if sometimes over-familiar, is never less than breathtakingly hilarious, and there are enough ad-libs and mistakes to see just how talented these two comedians are.
In the first the two took it in turns to perform their own material, working in audience interaction and some apt ad-libs.
As usual, the hecklers brought the house down and ad-libs and cock-ups (the first of which was only 20 minutes into the show!) made the evening.
Having spent many years as a circus performer and a street entertainer, the big man has obviously learned a trick or two,and while some of his humour was deliberately confrontational -one women in the audience being on the end of a four-letter verbal assault -it was more the way he packed his lively performance with quick fire ad-libs and observations that had us laughing.
The clever lyrics and snappy ad-libs only underlined to the fans how wrong the record industry was to deny this man even one of the six Brit Awards he was nominated for.
He was livelier and younger than Piolo, but his ad-libs were still on the sticky side, not as effervescent and cheeky as the program type appears to expect and require.
It was the exact same ad-libs he used between the songs.
Surely they could instruct the writers to give her "ad-libs" to another presenter??
The speech, all 22 pages plus ad-libs, appeared to have been written by committee.
Betsy is particularly talented, especially when the props break and she ad-libs.
"He had a great sense of humour and wonderful ad-libs. He was a hell of a good actor.