ride two horses at the same time

ride two horses at the same time

To do (or attempt to do) two or more things simultaneously, often when those things conflict or are at odds with one another. The prime minister is clearly riding two horses at the same time—trying to fulfill his promises to the public to lower taxes, while also trying to find the money to help the country's struggling economy. When I was a younger actor, I was constantly riding two horses at the same time, taking on as many roles as I could—even if they overlapped.
See also: horse, ride, same, time, two

ride two horses at the same time

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ride two horses at once

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If someone rides two horses at the same time or rides two horses at once, they try to do two things that cannot happen or be done at the same time. Above all, do not think you can ride two horses at the same time. You are either in business or you are a minister. You cannot be both. In trying to be friends with both sides, Britain was attempting to ride two horses at once.
See also: horse, ride, same, time, two
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Apparently, it took the American administration a long time to figure out how to ride two horses at the same time.
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