informal Rely on instinct rather than logic or knowledge: I was flying by the seat of my pants because I’d never managed anybody before
More example sentences
- After finding fame and success you can't just fly by the seat of your pants (when it comes to creativity).
- Be prepared and don't fly by the seat of your pants.
- Well, ‘something came up’ and they didn't show up, so I was stuck with teaching it, trying to fly by the seat of my pants.