• To play something by ear means to improvise.

  • To decide how to deal with a situation as it develops rather than acting according to plans made earlier.

  • To let things go as they may.

1. A: What are you gonna do this Friday?

B: I think I’ll play it by ear.

2. A: Where are you off to after the party?

B: I’m not sure, I’ll probably play it by ear.

3. We haven’t made a decision yet. Let’s just play it by ear.

4. A: Where should be meet later?

B: Can we see how things go and play it by ear?

 

improvise, make it up as one goes along, take a situation as it comes, think on one’s feet

Turn the other cheek

To turn the other cheek means to ignore abuse or insult. To respond meekly or mildly to insult or injury without retaliating. To refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted. 1. Elizabeth just turned the other cheek when her mother criticized her...

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Lay your cards on the table

To lay your cards on the table means to speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions. To be completely open and honest in declaring one's resources, intentions, or attitude. To truthfully explain what you know or think. 1. It was time to lay my cards...

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