have a second string to (one's) bow

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have a second string to (one's) bow

To have multiple ways to accomplish something. At least you have a second string to your bow, since you can always contact your aunt if the recruiter from HR doesn't call you back.
See also: bow, have, second, string

have a second string to your bow

have an alternative resource that you can make use of if the first one fails. British
This is a metaphor from archery; related expressions include have several strings to your bow and add another string to your bow. Second string can also be used on its own to mean simply ‘an alternative resource or course of action’.
See also: bow, have, second, string