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see which way the cat jumps
To wait to make a decision until one has more information about the outcome or about other people's plans or opinions. Let's just see which way the cat jumps before we settle on a single option. Given the turbulent nature of this market, I think it would be prudent for us to see which way the cat jumps before we agree to invest in your company.
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If you wait to see which way the cat jumps, you delay making a decision or taking action on something until you know how the situation will develop. I'm not going to do anything for a while — just sit tight and see which way the cat jumps. Note: This expression could be connected with the old game of `tip-cat', in which players waited to see which way a short piece of wood called the `cat' moved before hitting or `tipping' it.