play it by ear

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To do something by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.
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If they ask for something we didn't prepare, we will have to play it by ear.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'play it by ear':

play it by earTo play a song according to how it sounds, rather than from a written score.
Play it by EarTo take ones next move when one is already faced with a situation, to devise or improvise things
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