Fly By the Seat of Your Pants

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Confronting a situation with one’s intuition and common sense about which one have no earlier experience or instruction

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  • It was popular phrase of American Army’s Air corps in 1930s. Sometimes there were no instruments available to the planes and sometimes planes were there but instruments were not functional. In that situation, pilot had to fly the plane with his natural instinct so he used to sit tight and firm on the seat of his pants making sure he was alert. Today if you have no instructions or experience for a project or work, you might have to “Fly by the seat of your pant” using your common sense and intuition.
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Daniel had not worked on this newspaper before so he was flying by the seat of his pant.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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在你的裤子旁边飞

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How to pronounce this phrase?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
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