two strings to one's bow

two strings to (one's) bow

Two or more ways of achieving success or accomplishing some task or activity. Well, at least you have two strings to your bow with that degree in accounting if your acting career doesn't take off. I always try to plan a project with an backup method, in case my first plan falls apart. It's always good to keep two strings to your bow!
See also: bow, string, two

two strings to one's bow

More than one means of reaching an objective, as in Louise hasn't heard yet, but she's got two strings to her bow-she can always appeal to the chairman . This expression alludes to a well-prepared archer, who carries a spare string in case one fails. [Mid-1400s]
See also: bow, string, two