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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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People who learn how to juggle learn to relax more.
NORTHBORO - In today's stuffed schedule, people juggle family, work, community activities and even throw in a little sleep for good measure.
Better still, he's observed that anyone who watches him juggle appears to be in a better mood in relatively short order.
Being able to juggle three or more balls and to juggle objects other than balls, Ryan found that "it doesn't matter if you drop or not.
Everyone in education juggles multiple responsibilities, but Douglas takes this work ethic to an entirely different level.
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.
The duo performs the Wheel of Death, on which they juggle and jump rope while blindfolded.
CUTLINE: (1) Flippo (2) Flippo the Juggling Clown, also known as Larry Rettig, juggles a plunger, a bowling ball and a plastic egg during a recent birthday party at the Knights of Columbus in Westboro.
A 2004 study published in the journal Nature claims that learning how to juggle may increase the brain's gray matter.
2) Veteran street performer ``Mad Chad'' Taylor juggles three running chain saws Friday at Magic Mountain.
When he showed up to film the beer commercial, the director laughed, saying he never would have expected him to juggle a running chain saw.
A lot of love went into this place,'' Alfano said and added that opening Juggles was hectic.
By the end of the year, Valencia will have several new restaurants, including a Chili's, Macaroni Grill, Maria's Kitchen, Claimjumper, Juggles and Red Robin.
In her do-it-yourself show, the audience juggles along with Green, learning her secrets for keeping such diverse things as peacock feathers, flowerpots, scarfs and coffee cans in the air.
Michelle learned to juggle three scarves just a few days before her fifth birthday.