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au petit bonheur la chance is to play it by ear

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He's been driving since the morning. He's such a happy-go-lucky guy. He doesn't know where he'll stop to rest. He'll play it by ear.

au petit bonheur la chance – to the little happiness the luck. au petit bonheur la chance means ‘at random’, 'haphazardly', 'playing by ear'. It has this notion of  ‘carefree, happy-go-lucky kind of a way’.

  • « Il roule depuis ce matin. Il est vraiment insouciant. Il ne sait pas où il s'arrêtera pour dormir. Il trouvera son hôtel au petit bonheur la chance. »
    “He's been driving since the morning. He's such a happy-go-lucky. He doesn't know where he'll stop to rest. He'll play it by ear.”

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