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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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People who learn how to juggle learn to relax more.
NORTHBORO - In today's stuffed schedule, people juggle family, work, community activities and even throw in a little sleep for good measure.
Being able to juggle three or more balls and to juggle objects other than balls, Ryan found that "it doesn't matter if you drop or not.
Once you've learned to juggle, and you're able to juggle without really thinking about it, that's when it becomes a meditative practice, an experience of relaxed concentration.
In research done at the University of Hamburg, learning to juggle three balls was shown to increase gray matter in the brain in less than two weeks.
An article about the study in HealthDay emphasized that learning to juggle activated the same parts of the brain in older folks as it did in young people, refuting the cliche about "old dogs" and "new tricks.
Ryan points out the youthful and energizing effects of learning something new: "I feel like I am unstoppable when I juggle," he says enthusiastically.
A 2004 study published in the journal Nature claims that learning how to juggle may increase the brain's gray matter.