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Idiom "by ear" #1 (permalink) Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:06 am   Idiom "by ear"
 

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ESL/EFL Test #293 "English Slang Idioms (15)", question 2

Since there was no agenda for the day, the team leader decided to play it by ......... and deal with issues as they came up.

(a) rote
(b) ear
(c) numbers
(d) textbook

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #293 "English Slang Idioms (15)", answer 2

Since there was no agenda for the day, the team leader decided to play it by ear and deal with issues as they came up.

Correct answer: (b) ear
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Idiom "by ear" #2 (permalink) Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:23 am   Idiom "by ear"
 

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Because that is the idiom: BY EAR.
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Idiom "by ear" #3 (permalink) Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:36 am   Idiom "by ear"
 

And another one with the same meaning is "play it off the cuff", right?
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Idiom "by ear" #4 (permalink) Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:01 pm   Idiom "by ear"
 

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Yes. Of the cuff stresses the lack of preparation; by ear stresses reacting to the current situation.
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