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He hadn’t counted on ad-libs.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
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  • He hadn’t counted on ad-libs.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • An investigative plan has been formulated, but feel free to ad-lib based on conditions on the ground.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • As Piper ad-libbed answers, Leo jumped on the serpent’s back.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • We ad lib songs by Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, and even my favorite, Maria.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry

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  • Then she covered her mouth and ad-libbed.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • He’ve got the chink ad lib. Seed near free poun on un a spell ago a said war hisn.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Instead I repeated myself ad lib without anyone but Mademoiselle Megan being aware of the fact.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • HONEY and NICK (ad lib) Hello, here we are . hi . etc.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • No ad-libbing — stick to the program.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • There is a silence in the room and then a babble of ad lib conversation.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men

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  • Concerned that Pollard’s famously mischievous ad-libs might get them kicked off the air, Alexander had come prepared.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Lenny switched abruptly to ad lib bits.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "Popo" (a thug’s term for police) wasn’t in the ROEs, but I figured he was ad-libbing.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Laura Keene ad-libs a line that refers to Lincoln, making the audience turn toward the back of the theater in order to witness his appearance.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Star even ad-libbed a long excursus about my father’s heroism and alleged that my grandaddy had led the chaise at San Juan Hill and then started in on my great-grandfathers.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Another factor is twenty-four-hour news on cable TV and radio, where much of the reporting is done ad lib, making acceptable the values of spoken language, discursive and colloquial, an intellectual exercise different from that demanded in written reportage.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Because as in everything else, Hans Castorp was somewhat slow and uninspired at that, too; and his quick reckoning in this case was not ad lib, but the result of preparation, with paper and pencil in fact, carried out one evening when he had been taking his rest cure (because he had begun taking it in the evenings now, too, since everyone else did).
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Bill did go on, ad-lib no doubt, but he did it well, playing up the sex side a little, how they’d finished up in a night club with three of these girls; Alec, a chap from the political adviser’s office and Bifi, and Bill had been so embarrassed because he hadn’t any money on him and Alec had paid, and Bifi had wanted to take a girl home and Alec had lent him another tenner— "Christ," said Leamas, "I remember now, of course I do."
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • [The kids clap their hands back at him and ad lib: "Two circles, kids," ect., but do not move.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • On meeting, they ad lib greetings and, as they hurry up C. and off L. the Girls pair together, as do George and Wally, chatting gaily.) (Stage Manager drifts off down R. as they pass up Main Street.) Mrs. Webb.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
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Associated words [difficulty]:   ad lib [7] , ad nauseam [7] , ad hoc [8] , ad infinitum [8] , ad hominem [9]
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