One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I never work from a script—I just ad lib the whole programme’
improvise, extemporize, speak impromptu, make it up as one goes along, think on one's feet, take it as it comes
informal speak off the cuff, speak off the top of one's head, play it by ear, busk it, wing it
1‘she spoke ad lib’
impromptu, extempore, without preparation, without rehearsal, extemporaneously, spontaneously, offhand
informal off the cuff, off the top of one's head, on the spur of the moment, just like that, at the drop of a hat
1‘they gave a live, ad lib commentary as the film was shown’
impromptu, extempore, extemporaneous, extemporary, improvised, improvisational, improvisatory, improvisatorial, unprepared, unarranged, unplanned, unrehearsed, unscripted, unpremeditated, spontaneous, on-the-spot
informal off-the-cuff, spur-of-the-moment
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