When you work something out as you go, without having a plan or pattern to follow: “I didn’t have anything to go by, so I just (did it) ________.”
This question was slightly altered from the 1965–70 question.
|PLAYED IT BY EAR||9|
|BY TRIAL AND ERROR||3|
|BY GUESS AND BY GOLLY||2|
|BY HOOK OR BY CROOK||2|
|BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS||2|
|FLEW BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS||2|
|FOLLOWED MY NOSE||2|
|HIT OR MISS||2|
|AS IT CAME||1|
|BY HOOK AND BY CROOK||1|
|MADE IT UP AS I WENT ALONG||1|
|ON MY OWN||1|
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