Fly by the Seat of One’s Pants 隨機應變,憑感覺做事

  1. to pilot a plane by feel and instinct rather than by instruments
  2. to proceed or work by feel or instinct without formal guidelines or experience

(CNN, 2017/4/29)

Just hours after North Korea’s failed missile test, a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee voiced concern over the ways in which President Donald Trump responds to such challenges from foreign adversaries.

“The President seems to go back and forth. It’s kind of fly by the seat of your pants,” said Rep. Eliot Engel.


(BBC, 2017/08/31)

Newsreader Martyn Lewis recalls the day he broke the news of Princess Diana’s death: 20 years after the ‘People’s Princess’ died, the BBC news anchor recalls the “adrenalin and nerves” that filled the unscripted live broadcast


We went on the air with very little information, desperate to find out more. Every few minutes there’d be the calm voice of the producer in my ear saying who I needed to interview next. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done in that it was a six-and-half-hour stint, which we just couldn’t plan at all. There was no script for the first few hours, we had to fly by the seat of our pants. In a peculiar way it wasn’t like a news program, it was like imparting the news of bereavement to the British family. There was a dark grey suit, white shirt and black tie for all the newscasters hanging up in the wardrobe at the BBC for occasions like this.


Photos: BBC News

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