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Silence --Gap filling

Posted by Bob on January 18, 2003

In Reply to: Silence --Gap filling posted by R. Berg on January 17, 2003

: : What's the phrase used when someone tangents off to fill temporary unavoidable pauses during a speech to fill an awkward silence? I was at a conference and during the speaker's lecture, he had to stop while an overhead projector needed adjusting he went off into idle non-associated chit chat and someone applauded his ability to ... (Phrase)

: improvise
: ad lib

wing it; winging it
back and fill