Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

see how (it/things) (play/plays/pan/pans) out

see how it plays outsay how it pans outsee how things play outsee how things pan out
Meaning(s)
1) allow something to develop or conclude before making a decision about it
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    • let's see how it plays out before committing to anything
  • Analysis

    When you 'see how something play out' or 'see how something pans out', it means to wait in order to make a decision or to delay acting before making a call. How something 'plays out' or 'pans out' is how something develops or ends. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There's only one way to discover if the plan will work or not. Let's give it a go and see how it plays out!
    2. I am starting a new study program in the morning. I don't know if it will help but let's see how it pans out.
    3. John is always wary of making long term decisions, he prefers to see how things pan out before making a decision.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We are going to wait and see how the limited release pans out before we commit to a full scale roll out of the product.
    2. You might need some help with this project, but I'm not sure. Why don't you make a start and then we'll see how things play out over the next few weeks.
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