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a juggling act

A difficult and/or 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!
See also: act, juggle

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.
See also: around, juggle

keep balls in the air


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.
See also: air, ball, keep

a ˈbalancing/ˈjuggling act

a process in which somebody tries to please two or more people or groups who want different things: The UN must perform a delicate balancing act between the different sides involved in the conflict.
See also: act, balance, juggle
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On July 23, 2009, 792 people juggled footballs at the same time together.
Bergkamp reckons his latest sensational chip (pictured left) even eclipses his goal of the season for Arsenal at Leicester in 1997 when he juggled the ball before chipping home another memorable shot.
In Poland, the image of woman as "brave victim" who juggled the competing responsibilities of family and work and who confronted discrimination in a patriarchal society gave way after 1989 to an idealized vision of the woman who was highly successfully professionally and whose status was determined by achievements in the world outside the home.
Her success story of how she juggled her career and home life features in the education section of the magazine.
So the juggler juggled this way and that and then, horrors!, he dropped one of the pieces of turnip on the other side of the altar rail, the place where only the priests and not mere monks may go.
The executive director of Pushkin Management Group in Jersey City, New Jersey, juggled all company responsibilities "from cleaning lady to new client development executive" when she started her literary management firm in 1992.
In 1988, when he was in his early 30s, he met a friend who juggled and participated in the community of jugglers through local gatherings.
* Legendary Irish hero Cuchulainn supposedly juggled nine apples sometime during the fifth century A.D.--about 1,500 years ago.
Techler juggled long pipes to the music of rain-on-asphalt.
Some of its stars brought colour to the sunny streets of Liverpool as they juggled Easter eggs in front of the city's Liver Building.
``I met an old retired man at the centre who told me he juggled knives, ' said Mike.
Danny said he felt so guilty about what had happened he told one of his bosses he'd juggled with the pets and apologised.