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Meaning of seat-of-the-pants

seat-of-the-pants

Pronunciation: (sēt'uv-u-pants'), [key]
— 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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