Top Definition
-To let things go as they may.
-It is usually said when a person who is asked a question is not quite sure as to what to answer with.
Shirley: What are you doing tonight Bob?
Bob: Oh, I don't know...I'll just play it by ear.
by Frank Da' Tank May 16, 2005
to do something by feel and instinct rather than with a plan, to improvise
I think I will play it by ear since I have so much time.
by Light Joker June 02, 2007
Another way of saying "go with the flow." Usually used when there's no set plans and everything furthermore will be done when it's done (or spontaneously).
Guy 1: "what are the plans for tomorrow night? Any parties?"

Guy 2: "idk, guess we'll just play it by ear."
by GMan2a April 13, 2016
We say play it by "ear" because we are making decisions as we HEAR them. This means we are not making any final plans right now because we might hear of other things that could prevent us from being able to participate. So basically it means I might have better shit to do.
Aimee: Hey can you hang out tomorrow night?
John: I might have to work late so let's play it by ear.
by The TRUE meaning is May 12, 2016
to put off a decision till later
"I don't know we will play it by ear."
by play it by ear December 17, 2015
Letting you down politely, when you ask someone to do something and they want to do something, just not with you, they will say they're going to "play it by ear".
"What do you want to do tonight?"

"I don't know; I think I'll just play it by ear."
by happycookie August 16, 2009
the wrong way to say "play it by year"
Tom: Let's just play it by ear.
Jeb: What?! That makes no sense
by kg5025 June 18, 2011
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