play it by ear

play it by ear

Meaning | Synonyms

  • improvise
  • act without preparation
  • to let things go as they may
  • determined on the circumstances
  • according to the demand of the situation

Example Sentences

  1. Rather than adopting a new academic strategy, the principal decided to play it by ear.
  2. I don’t know what I will do when she will come in front of me. Let’s just play it by ear.
  3. I am not sure whether my plan will work or not, so let just play it by ear.
  4. Jane said that she has to play it by ear because she is not sure where to go tomorrow morning.
  5. It’s hard to know how the situation will develop. Let’s just play it by ear.
  6. We can play it by ear and decide where to meet later.
  7. Question: Hey, Bob are you coming to play the baseball this Sunday?
    Answer: I am not sure Nobita, let’s play it by ear.

Origin

Mid-1900s

See also: play by ear

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3 Comments

AuthorKate writes on 14th March 2019

What is a good intro for this idiom?

AuthorAnonymous writes on 13th March 2019

Put more different types of figurative language on here.

AuthorNarmi writes on 4th September 2016

Will you people please send regular idioms on my Gmail account. It will be beneficial for me.

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