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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color) Couples take a spin around the floor at the Granada Pavilion, dancing to tunes played by the Summer Wind Band.
Unlike modern politicians dancing to tunes played by the mass media, they operated in a parliamentary arena where birth and property provided the necessary entry tickets, and democratic constraints featured not at all.
Dancing to tunes we hadn't danced to since before the word `indie' stopped meaning, well, `indie'.
The festival of 'Holi', which will be celebrated on March 11 this year, brings together people from all classes and age groups, distribute sweets and take out processions, dancing to tunes of drums in a milange of colours.
Cue the Wiggles, the Australian children's entertainment group that has millions of parents and children singing and dancing to tunes such as ``Hot Potato,'' ``Fruit Salad'' and ``Rock A Bye Your Bear.