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.
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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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Increasingly we have to dance to tunes played by the European Union and the World Trade Organisation.
But for anyone who just wants to dance to tunes they recognise, Mood will do the job.
2 -- ran in Glen/Bur edition only) Students at Sunland Elementary School dance to tunes being played by ``Jazz for We People'' in an introduction to jazz.
We sing and dance to tunes worth millions of dollars, but have very little wealth to show for it.
E[sz] eIuParents can have a dance to tunes that take them back to their time on the disco circuit, but they can also meet up with friends and like-minded parents too, while watching their children and have a absolute ball on the dance floor.