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1.
A common misphrasing of play it by ear
Meaning:
-to figure it out as the situation presents itself
-to improvise with plans as needed
-What are you going to do on your date tonight?
-I don't know. I'll just play it by year.
-Don't you mean "by ear"?
by Gina Mason March 19, 2007
 
2.
wait and see what happens
What are you doing today?
I dunno. I'm going to play it by year.
by KML July 03, 2006
 
3.
wait and see what happens
I'm going to play it by year and see what happens.
by FYD July 04, 2006
 
4.
-to wait and see how things go as time passes
Let's just play it by year tonight.
by George Poulus April 25, 2006