Meaning of “by the seat of your pants” in the English Dictionary

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"by the seat of your pants" in British English

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by the seat of your pants

If you do something by the seat of your pants, you do it using only your own experience and trusting your own judgment.

(Definition of “by the seat of your pants” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"by the seat of your pants" in American English

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by the seat of your pants

without the necessary experience or ability:

We started a magazine by the seat of our pants, without any of the market testing that’s done today.

(Definition of “by the seat of your pants” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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