pluck (something) out of the/thin air

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pluck (something) out of the/thin air

To say or produce something haphazardly or at random, rather than through careful consideration or calculation. Look, this legislation hasn't been plucked out of thin air. We've spent months crafting the bill to best serve all of our citizens. Her ability to ad lib is so remarkable that it's hard to believe she's plucking these jokes out of the air.
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pluck something out of the ˈair

say a name, number, etc. without thinking about it, especially in answer to a question: I just plucked a figure out of the air and said: ‘Would £1 000 seem reasonable to you?’
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8DA followed Jim, Fife SURELY all the millions of pounds Nicola Sturgeon can pluck out of thin air proves beyond doubt that we are far better off being part of the UK.
"It is a difficult figure to pluck out of thin air but you would expect Liverpool to want to be making pounds 20-pounds 25m out of the Champions League every year," he said.
"It is a difficult figure to pluck out of thin air but you would expect Liverpool to want to be making pounds 20-pounds 25million out of the Champions League every year," he said.
"The key issue is that they understand it will not be arbitrary; it will not be a date that you just pluck out of thin air; it will not be something that Americans say, 'We're going to do - we're going to leave at this date,' which is what some have suggested," she said.