a balancing/juggling act

a balancing act

A situation in which one must accomplish a number of tasks at the same time. Mary quickly discovered that working full-time while going to school was going to be quite the balancing act.
See also: act, balance

a juggling act

A difficult and/or precarious situation in which several things are being attempted or must be maintained at the same time. I think I need to hire an assistant, because keeping track of all these accounts and transactions on my own has become quite a juggling act!
See also: act, juggle

a balancing act

COMMON If a situation is a balancing act, you have to decide what to do when different people want different things or when you have to be aware of different situations which could be affected by what you do. Mr Alia is performing a delicate balancing act. He talks of reform, but clings to old habits. This issue is a typical balancing act between individual rights and community rights.
See also: act, balance

a ˈbalancing/ˈjuggling act

a process in which somebody tries to please two or more people or groups who want different things: The UN must perform a delicate balancing act between the different sides involved in the conflict.
See also: act, balance, juggle