seat-of-the-pants


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seat-of-the-pants

(sēt′əv-thə-pănts′)
adj. Informal
1. Based on or using intuition and experience rather than a plan or method.
2. Performed without using instruments: a seat-of-the-pants landing of the aircraft.

seat′-of-the-pants′



adj.
1. using or based on experience, instinct, or guesswork: a seat-of-the-pants management style.
2. done without the aid of instruments: The pilot made a seat-of-the-pants landing.
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