Origin of seat-of-the-pantsfrom by the seat of one's pants (see phrase under seat)
The young owners of the start up company were running their business by the seat-of-their-pants because they lacked previous experience.
If you don't prepare for a speech but you just get up improvise it, this is an example of when you are doing it by the seat-of-your-pants.
- Based on or using intuition and experience rather than a plan or method.
- Performed without using instruments: a seat-of-the-pants landing of the aircraft.
- fly by the seat of one's pants