play it by ear : Idioms in English

play it by ear

Decide how to deal with a situation as it unfolds rather than in advance
Usage:
Emma didn't have a specific time she planned to leave the zoo, but was just going to play it by ear.

play it by ear Meaning(s)

  • (v) decide on one's actions as one goes along, depending on the situation

play it by ear in News

  • Start laughing now at Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train at FIT

    The audience just would not leave. Rhythmic Souls , a Dallas tap-dancing troupe, had already taken their bows after a 40-minute performance called Play It by Ear , one of four shows premiering the second weekend of the four-week Festival of Independent Theatres at the Bath H...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Dallas Observer

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