walk and chew gum

walk and chew gum (at the same time)

to be able to do more than one thing at a time Officials say they have to plan for all kinds of possibilities, that they have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.
See also: and, chew, gum, walk
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That's why I'm partnering with Wrigley's Walk and Chew Gum Challenge -- to motivate Americans to take steps toward a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Wrigley's Walk and Chew Gum Challenge encourages Americans to make two simple adjustments to their daily lives to help achieve a healthy lifestyle: 1) Walk more steps each day (2,000 steps is about one mile) 2) cut calories by chewing a flavorful, long-lasting piece of Extra gum in place of a high-calorie snack.
The Biggest Loser' can inspire people to think about their lifestyle choices and Wrigley's Walk and Chew Gum Challenge can, in turn, give them a way to take immediate action.
Enemies said of one 20th century US president that he was so dumb that he could not walk and chew gum at the same time.