play it by ear


: to do something without special preparation
I don't know how they'll react to our proposal, so we'll just have to play it by ear and hope for the best.

Examples of play it by ear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During today’s Sagittarius full moon, ease up and play it by ear. USA TODAY, 3 June 2023 Richardson said the restaurant/bar will play it by ear. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2021 Do some preliminary homework and do your best to prepare for all eventualities, then let concerns go, play it by ear and allow things to flow naturally. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 8 May 2021 As far as his back is concerned, Embiid and the team will have to play it by ear. Ky Carlin, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2021

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