fly by the seat of (one's) pants

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fly by the seat of (one's) pants

To rely on one's instinct, as opposed to acting according to a set plan. I really don't know how to operate this thing, I'm just flying by the seat of my pants here. You can't just fly by the seat of your pants, Jenna—please give your future some serious thought.
See also: by, fly, of, pant, seat
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fly by the seat of your pants

INFORMAL
If you fly by the seat of your pants, you use your judgment and intelligence to do something that you have never done before, in a way that is risky, because you have no experience or training to rely on. `In the first year of trading we knew nothing and were flying by the seat of our pants,' Petti said. The truth is that all new parents fly by the seat of their pants and try to learn quickly from experience. Note: You can also use seat-of-the-pants before a noun. It had always been a seat-of-the-pants type of organization.
See also: by, fly, of, pant, seat
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In interviews after he quit, he admitted he thought Mr Johnson "flew by the seat of his pants" and called his approach "haphazard".
"Stafford Heginbotham was one of those club chairmen of which there were many at the time who flew by the seat of his pants.
Mr Sutcliffe, MP for Bradford South and deputy leader of Bradford City council at the time of the tragedy, says he knew Mr Heginbotham "flew by the seat of his pants" in terms of the finances of the club but remains convinced by the conclusion of the inquiry by high court judge Mr Justice Popplewell that the fire was an accident.
Mr Sutcliffe, MP for Bradford South and deputy leader of Bradford City council at the time of the tragedy, says he knew Heginbotham "flew by the seat of his pants" in terms of the finances of the club but remains convinced by the conclusion of the inquiry by High Court judge Mr Justice Popplewell that the fire was an accident.
My Colourful Life by Ginger McCain is a joyous, funny and uplifting story of aman who constantly flew by the seat of his pants but has clearly never regretted one minute of it.
Growing numbers in the party hierarchy are hoping that when he was planning Labour's new appeal to the voters during "baby time" at his Chequers country home last week, he sent the Rasputins of marketing packing and flew by the seat of his pants for a change.