irons in the fire, lots of/too many

too many irons in the fire

An excessive number of simultaneous activities or potential undertakings or opportunities underway. I have too many irons in the fire at work right now, and it's going to be tricky to balance all of them over the next few weeks. Don't give her any more assignments right now—she has too many irons in the fire as it is.
See also: fire, iron, many

irons in the fire, lots of/too many

More projects than one can handle. This expression comes from the smithy and has long survived the profession of blacksmith. The smith who tries to heat too many irons at once is apt to spoil the forging of some of them. It has been used figuratively since the sixteenth century.
See also: iron, lot, many, of