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a juggling act
A particularly difficult and 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!
1. To move one or more people or things into different positions, especially in order to accommodate other people or things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "juggle" and "around." We'll need to juggle around some of the seating arrangements to fit the new attendees. Even though we had assigned seats for the flight, they kept juggling us around at the last minute.
2. To reschedule various appointments or events to different times or dates, especially in order to accommodate someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "juggle" and "around." I'll have to juggle some things around, but I should be able to fit you in for a checkup on Monday. We'll need to juggle around some of the musical acts to have enough time for the fireworks display.
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.
keep balls in the airor
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.