seat-of-the-pants

[seet-uh v-thuh-pants]
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adjective

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

Origin of seat-of-the-pants

First recorded in 1940–45
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