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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Teams are going to be flying by the seat of their pants for a lot of it.
But, after flying by the seat of their pants in those previous games, Widnes allowed Broughton Park to come back from the dead and clinch a 24-20 win at Heath Road with the last move of the game.
Ironically the latter seems to prove what years of experience can have over a group of youths flying by the seat of their pants.
Our position is anyone who does not have access to x-ray inspection or solderability and ionic contamination testing is flying by the seat of their pants.
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Monkman have been flying by the seat of their pants again.
Devine admitted Albion were flying by the seat of their pants in the closing stages.
Vale were flying by the seat of their pants and Defoe was refusing to let up, but it was the visitors who struck first and only Huddlestone's late effort rescued them and kept them in the hunt and the Premiership side were glad to get through to extra-time.
They made their name on flying by the seat of their pants and miss that surprise element in the job.
It seems the honchos at Walt Disney Pictures, reputed for mapping out entire marketing strategies for a film before shooting a frame, are flying by the seat of their pants on ``Fantasia 2000,'' adopting the IMAX concept as almost an afterthought and uncertain about when it will be released in 35mm and home versions.
I think that this blackout demonstrated that most IT departments, especially those in mid-sized companies, are still flying by the seat of their pants," said Jason Livingstone, Analyst at Info-Tech Research Group.