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fly by the seat of one's pants

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fly by the seat of one's pants

verb phrase

  1. To pilot an airplane by feel and instinct rather than by instruments: The old-time barnstormers had to fly by the seat of their pants (1930s+ Aviators)
  2. To proceed or work by instinct and improvisation, without formal guides or instructive experience: The teachers are not trained to recognize it. They're flying by the seat of their pants/ Every case is different, and every investigator ends up flying by the seat of his (or her) pants (1970s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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