by feel

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Definition of by feel

1 : by feeling with one's hands when one cannot see It was too dark too see anything, so she had to find the door knob by feel.
2 : by being guided by physical feelings, the senses, etc., instead of by rules or directions an athlete who plays by feel

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“By feel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20feel. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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