play it by ear : Popular Idioms in English

play it by ear

Decide how to deal with a situation as it unfolds rather than in advance

Emma didn't have a specific time she planned to leave the zoo, but was just going to play it by ear.

Definitions

  • v  decide on one's actions as one goes along, depending on the situation
News & Articles

  • 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...
    June 12, 2013 - Dallas Observer
  • 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...
    June 12, 2013 - Dallas Observer