Could you help me with the following expression?

I paid"”with my foot firm on the seat of his pants.

My guess is that he paid the money but didn't completely trust the payee, so, he has all the information necessary to get it back when the time comes. Am I possibly right?
I couldn't find this idiom in my dictionaries.

Thank you.

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Your guess may be right.

Here's another possibility: The payer could be thinking that the payee is given to flights of fancy, or just flights, so he or she (the payer) wants to make sure the payee doesn't flee, or use the money unwisely.

"Fly by the seat of one's pants" has an idiomatic meaning. It means to decide on a course of action as you go along, using your own perceptions and initiative instead of a set strategy or theory. It's similar to "play it by ear."

Rachel

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