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go with the flow

To nonchalantly engage in a situation without trying to change it or assert control over it. We always do things your way—can't you just go with the flow for once? I try not to plan too much when I take a vacation to a new place. I like to just go with the flow when I get there.
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go with the flow

 and go with it
Inf. to cope with adversity; to accept one's lot. No, just relax and go with the flow. Go with it. Don't fight it.
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go with the flow

Also, go with the tide. Move along with the prevailing forces, accept the prevailing trend, as in Rather than striking out in new directions, I tend to go with the flow, or Pat isn't particularly original; she just goes with the tide. The flow in the first and more colloquial term, which dates from the late 1900s, alludes to the ebb and flow of tides and probably gained currency because of its appealing rhyme.
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go with the flow

COMMON If you go with the flow, you let things happen to you or do what other people want, rather than trying to control what happens yourself. This year I'm going to leave my troubles and tension in the departure lounge and go with the flow. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow of creativity.
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go with the flow

be relaxed; accept a situation. informal
The image here is of going with the current of a stream rather than trying to swim against it.
1997 J-17 Go with the flow today. You can't change the way things are going to pan out, so just let it all happen.
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go with the ˈflow

(informal) be relaxed and not worry about what you should do: He’s very stubborn so there’s really no point in trying to change his mind. It’s best to just go with the flow.• ebb → the ebb and flow (of somebody/something)
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go with the flow

and go with it
in. to cope with adversity; to accept one’s lot. No, just relax and go with the flow.
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go with the flow

Go along with the crowd, be amenable to what others are doing. The “flow” in this late twentieth-century colloquialism alludes to the ebb and flow of tides. The phrase, which undoubtedly owes its popularity to the rhyme, describes a laid-back demeanor, as in “I don’t care which restaurant they pick; I’ll just go with the flow.”
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"Some of my mates were saying I should be with Scotland, but I was just going with the flow really."
Going with the flow: The Lord Mayor, Coun Sue Anderson, visits the heart of Birmingham's water supply source at the Elan Valley reservoirs in Wales, yesterday, during her latest civic duty.
"In 10 years' time I may look back and wish I had got a hundred, but I was quite pleased to get 99 - I was playing for the team and going with the flow."
She's just going with the flow which is virtually unheard of for career-obsessed Kylie."
Venus and Mars in Virgo suggest great sensuality, but maybe a tendency to constantly put his own desires and needs last, instead of letting the defences down and just going with the flow of feelings.
Just pick off the little round jobbies, and give yourself invisible gold stars for going with the flow. Your BFF wants to play Britney, and you want to hear Christina?