play it by ear
This page is about the idiom play it by ear
Meaning: If you play it by ear, you don't plan ahead but you do whatever seems best at the time depending on the situation.
- I like those comedy shows where they play it by ear and just say whatever they like and do whatever they like.
- Jean says he's not sure what goes on in the meetings, so he'll just play it by ear and see what happens.
Origin: From music, in which playing by ear means playing without reading from sheet music.
Once they get into the studio, the band are going to play it by ear and
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Contributor: Matt Errey