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.
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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.
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Asked at the MCA Pub Conference last year whether the group's pricing is scientific, chairman Tim Martin said: "No, it's not - I just fly by the seat of my pants."
From the outside looking in, I appear to fly by the seat of my pants and can sometimes seem a bit flaky.
"I always fly by the seat of my pants. You just do what you think is right."
Well, "something came up" and they didn't show up, so I was stuck with teaching it, trying to fly by the seat of my pants. I have to admit it was poetic justice on several levels: I had dumped the evangelizing of a new trailer park on my parish assistant, Curt Miller, who was helping me in my rural congregation.