Meaning of 'winging it':

"To do something  in an impromptu manner, improvising, with little preparation."


"Authors have long used 'wing' as a verb and referred to birds that 'winged their way' and later, metaphorically, to time, love etc 'winging its way' to a recipient. That's not the 'winging it' we are concerned with here though, which has nothing to do with wings with feathers. This expression might also be thought to be derived from 'on a wing and a prayer', which alludes to aircraft that return to base more in hope than expectation. That's not the origin either and, if anything, the derivation is the other way about. 'Winging it' is a theatrical expression which refers to impromptu performances that given by actors who had hurriedly learned their lines while waiting in the wings and then received prompts from there.

This phrase dates from the late 19th century and the verb 'to wing' was defined in an 1885 edition of Stage magazine:

"'To wing'... indicates the capacity to play a rôle without knowing the text, and the word itself came into use from the fact that the artiste frequently received the assistance of a special prompter, who... stood... screened by a piece of the scenery or a wing."

The phrase 'winging it' is used in print explicitly in 1933, although it must have been well-established before then, in a book that could hardly be better equipped to explain the meaning, Philip Godfrey's Back-stage: a survey of the contemporary English theatre from behind the scenes:

"He must give a performance by 'winging it' - that is, by refreshing his memory for each scene in the wings before he goes on to play it."

----From  The Phrase Finder:

Is Trump "winging it"?

1. Gut check bigotry and heartfelt racism are his appeal and allure....

2.  His lack of prepared remarks or measured responses draws on, and plays to,  the raw anger, fear, and frustration of people who are bewildered, befuddled, and disillusioned. 

3. Trump doesn’t attract audiences he attracts mobs willing to do his bidding at the slightest hint of perceived provocation.

4. This phenomenon can only get worse as the vitriol escalates in proportion with and in response to  his increasing willingness to pander and incite.

5. He's on the verge of destroying the Republican Party. If he gets the nomination, he has the potential , and capacity, to destroy the American political process.

Yes, he's winging his entire campaign,, and with more success than anyone would have dared to imagine.

Don't look for him to fuck up. He can't.  He can't fuck up because that’s who and what he is by definition and design.

His followers have become so confused and disillusioned that they can no longer distinguish between a fuck -up and a shake-up.

Many don't seem to care enough to make a distinction and still others , who may well know better, choose not to do so

He can't get any more dangerous than that.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 31, 2016 at 5:18am

Your question cannot be serious. Of course he has. It's been all-viscera--all-the-time. 

Comment by Zanelle on March 31, 2016 at 6:12am

He says out loud what the hatefulls are thinking which makes it seem legit. 

Comment by alsoknownas on March 31, 2016 at 6:38am

It's improv theater at its worst.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 31, 2016 at 7:44am

His latest gaff about prosecuting women who get an abortion has brought down the wrath of the Right to Life folk.  Apparently Trump was born with a foot as well as a silver spoon in his mouth.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on March 31, 2016 at 7:50am

I love Trump.

If he gets nominated he will destroy the Republican party.  If he doesn't get nominated he will destroy the Republican party.  He has alienated even MORE women with his latest "punishment" BS (which will lose him vote, plus drive a TON of other women to vote against him), he has alienated people of color and alienated any religious people who don't embrace rabid hatred.  All in all he has alienated and utterly pissed off 90+% of the electorate.

What's not to love???

Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2016 at 7:51am
@Zanelle; He's channeling and redirecting negativity on the fly....
Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2016 at 7:54am
@aka; Improvisation theatre and reality TV...
Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2016 at 7:55am
@JW; A rhetorical interagatory!
Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2016 at 7:58am
@JMac; ...and he doesn't know the difference....
Comment by Ron Powell on March 31, 2016 at 8:06am
@SBA; I see (white) women in his crowds/mobs. How can any woman continue to support the candidate who's trying to become knuckldragger-in-chief?


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