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seat-of-the-pants

PRONUNCIATION:
(see-tuhv-thuh-PANTS)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Using experience, instinct, or guesswork as opposed to methodical planning.
2. Done without instruments.

ETYMOLOGY:
The term has its origin in aviation. Before modern instruments, a pilot flew a plane based on how it felt. For example, in fog or clouds, in the absence of instrumentation one could tell whether the plane was climbing or diving by how heavy one feels in the seat. Seat of the pants is the area where one sits, i.e. the buttocks. Earliest documented use: 1929.

USAGE:
“In a sprint race, he likely wouldn’t do all that well against seat-of-the-pants racers. But make it a test of endurance, which 500 miles most definitely is, and a calm/steady approach could prove to be the right way.”
Norris McDonald; Methodical Racer Kellett Takes Aim at Indy 500; Toronto Star (Canada); Aug 22, 2020.
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    в семейном календаре - 100 лет папе (было бы. соберемся, кто сможет, помянем).

  • (no subject)

    мальчика вчера его начальство "поздравило" с д.р.: прислало мыло, что до первого ноября все в их конторе обязаны вакцинироваться, иначе…

  • (no subject)

    в трескотне об абортах меня вот что напрягает. вот баба - хозяйка своего тела, но убивает-то не себя, а другого/ую и это (до какого-то срока) нынче…

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