Idiom:  play it by ear


Idiom:  play it by ear

  • to do something spontaneously without making a plan in advance

Example sentences

  • I don't know exactly what I'm going to do this weekend; I'm going to play it by ear.
  • I'd like to have dinner in the city but I'm not sure how the traffic will be so let's play it by ear
  • Would you rather we make a reservation for dinner or should we play it by ear?
  • We decided to play it by ear rather than taking a tour and it was really nice to just walk around and get acquainted with the town.
  • Let's make a plan for tomorrow. Whenever we play it by ear we just stay home and don't do anything at all.
  • I hope the director will be able to do the opening remarks but if not, we'll have to play it by ear.
  • Let's play it by ear and not reserve a ride back to the hotel. Some of us may want to go out for drinks after the movie.


  • make it up as you go along
  • wing it
  • at the spur of the moment

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