play it by ear


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play it by ear

to decide how to deal with a situation as it develops rather than planning how you are going to react I'm not sure how long I'll stay at the party. I'll just play it by ear.
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play it by ear

To act according to the circumstances; improvise: I don't have a set schedule, so we'll have to play it by ear.
See also: ear, play