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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

juggle someone or something around

to alter the position or sequence of someone or something. We will juggle everyone around so that the second round of interviews are in a different order. I think I can juggle my schedule around so I can have lunch with you. Please juggle around my appointments for this afternoon so I can have a late lunch.
See also: around, juggle

keep balls in the air


juggle balls in the air

If you keep a lot of balls in the air, you deal with many different things at the same time. They had trouble keeping all their balls in the air. In management terms, they were trying to do too much and things were starting to break down. I really am juggling a hundred balls in the air at the same time and it isn't easy. Note: This expression uses the image of juggling, where someone has to keep throwing and catching a number of balls at the same time.
See also: air, ball, keep

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
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Having had enough of Juggle, I returned to Infoplease, with the intent of displaying it, by comparison, as a model reference site.
In research done at the University of Hamburg, learning to juggle three balls was shown to increase gray matter in the brain in less than two weeks.
In your career you have more than likely attended a seminar or two on prioritizing or you may have even attended a course on how to juggle multiple projects.
The book-of-life concept also allows for all sorts of diversions along the way, including the Flying K staple of having the audience challenge one of the men to juggle a trio of unorthodox objects (an umbrella, a backpack and a woman's shoe, for example).
In a recent study by scientists in Germany, people who spent three months learning to juggle showed enlargement of part of the cerebral, cortex, the sheet of nerve cells on the brain's surface where most higher thought processes seem to be handled.
No joke: Learning to juggle can cause changes in human brain structure, say researchers at the University of Regensburg in Germany.
Learning to juggle is a neat trick for the brain as well as the hands.
Every day he would go to Signor Baptista's fruit and vegetable stall and juggle.
She can juggle her multiple responsibilities, she says, in part by letting her controller handle day-to-day finance operations and by giving department heads flexibility in how they spend their budgets.
My dear son," she said, "would you like now to juggle forever in front of my son?
He decided the ability to juggle three--or even two--objects just would not be part of his skills.
As a grade six French project, he wrote Juggle For Life.
As well as riding their one-wheeled cycles members of JUST also juggle, play uni-hockey and stage annual festivals in Teesside.
And now, as she embarks on a career, she'll no doubt prove she can juggle that perfectly too.