dance to one's tune
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British pronunciation/dˈans tʊ wˈɒnz tjˈuːn/
American pronunciation/dˈæns tʊ wˈʌnz tˈuːn/
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to do things as desired or required by someone else

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to [dance] to {one's} tune definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "dance to one's tune" and when to use it?

The exact origin of the idiom "dance to one's tune" is unclear, but it is believed to have its roots in the world of music and dance. The phrase metaphorically compares the act of obediently following someone's wishes to the synchronized movements of a dance performed in response to a specific tune or melody. It has been in use since at least the 16th century and has since become a well-established idiom in the English language. It is now commonly used in interpersonal relationships, workplace dynamics, or any scenario involving power dynamics.

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