seat-of-the-pants

adjective
\ ˈsēt-əv-ṯẖə-ˈpan(t)s How to pronounce seat-of-the-pants (audio) \

Definition of seat-of-the-pants

: employing or based on personal experience, judgment, and effort rather than technological aids or formal theory seat-of-the-pants navigation a seat-of-the-pants decision

First Known Use of seat-of-the-pants

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Seat-of-the-pants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seat-of-the-pants. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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