dance to (one's) tune

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dance to (one's) tune

To go along with someone else's views or wishes. I have no intention of making Jake's curfew later, but he is trying his hardest to get me to dance to his tune! I'm not big on animals, but Ella is, so I danced to her tune and accompanied her to the dog show.
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dance to a tune

If someone dances to a particular tune they are forced to behave in a particular way, especially one that is different from the way they were behaving before. Change is never really easy. It is a case of having to dance to a tune other than the one you are accustomed to. With different circumstances in Germany and Britain, we cannot dance to the same tune.
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dance to someone's tune

If you dance to someone else's tune, you do whatever they tell you to do, usually without arguing or hesitating. Trade union leaders were often giving in to managers, sometimes going so far as dancing to their tune. The danger is that the churches could end up dancing to the tune of their big business sponsors. Note: This expression is often used to criticize someone for allowing themselves to be controlled.
See also: dance, tune

dance to someone's tune

comply completely with someone's demands and wishes.
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dance to somebody’s ˈtune

(British English) do whatever somebody tells you to: They are richer and more powerful than us so unfortunately we have to dance to their tune.
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The Portuguese (left) described his side's win over the Hammers as "the best since I've been here" and claimed his players had forced West Ham to dance to their tune.
Clearly they are not interested, but that doesn't mean we should dance to their tune.
I find it both patronising and insulting that they appear once every five years or so, and we are supposed to dance to their tune.
POLICEMEN are known to make criminals dance to their tune.
They can beat the drum for teamwork and excellence and open communication, but no one will dance to their tune if they fail to make the person-to-person gestures that say, "I value you," or "You did good work.
There are not many small states that have that ability to get Washington to dance to their tune," says Curtis Gans, staff director for the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate.
Otherwise, the media will become the only strategic focus and you will be forced to passively dance to their tune.