take one's cue from

take a/(one's) cue from (someone or something)

To choose one's actions in response to someone or something else. Just take your cue from the cat as he adjusts to his new home, and try not to smother him. I take my cue from my boss in serious matters like this.
See also: cue, take

take one's cue from

Follow the lead of another, as in I'm not sure what to bring, so I'll take my cue from you. This expression, first recorded in 1622, alludes to the cue giving an actor a signal to speak.
See also: cue, take