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: fly, of, pant, seat

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: fly, of, pant, seat
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It meant we had to fly by the seat of our pants a wee bit but after we got to grips with the first 15 minutes we were always on the front foot.
We fly by the seat of our pants and do what we think is right.
In the games we have remaining, we need to score goals and we might have to fly by the seat of our pants sometimes.
We fly by the seat of our pants all the time, ricocheting between schedules.
In a column titled ``The Blundering Gardener,'' she writes: ``We fly by the seat of our pants, following our instincts for lack of any better equipment, parking all platforms, blueprints, mission statements and diagrams at the door.
It was fly by the seat of our pants with all departments involved," said Carman Cullen, and manager of the Times.