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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!
See also: act, juggle

juggle around

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.
See also: around, 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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Table 1; Data from Pre-Post Tests from Training Group TRAINING GROUP Athlete Role PRE POST Time (s) Juggle Tot Time (s) Juggle Tot 1 DE 17,3 103 15,53 87 2 DE 21,5 81 17,04 82 3 DE 19,8 51 16,13 78 4 DE 17,6 67 17 77 5 DE 17,0 73 16,12 83 6 DE 22,8 91 19,23 91 7 DE 17,4 72 15,78 92 8 DE 16,1 80 16,58 87 9 DE 15,6 92 14,2 91 10 FO 20,5 37 16,88 60 11 FO 16,6 105 15,16 93 12 GK 18,2 57 16,55 62 13 GK 19,4 41 19,07 44 14 MD 21,2 77 19,18 87 15 MD 14,1 102 13,05 94 16 MD 15,7 103 14,42 117 17 MD 17,9 88 16,76 91 18 MD 18,4 86 18,24 87 Average 18,2 78,1 16,5 83,5 Dev St.
"Juggling is so beneficial that the state of Colorado in the US recently passed a law stating that all high school kids need to go through a class to learn how to juggle," said Swan.
"From there I went home and taught my older brother who picked it up instantly and my younger brother who was clumsy liked the idea but it took him six months to learn how to juggle; but when he did we saw his personality just come right out of the box."
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.
Everyone in education juggles multiple responsibilities, but Douglas takes this work ethic to an entirely different level.
She can juggle her multiple responsibilities, she says, in part by letting her controller handle day-to-day finance operations and by giving department heads flexibility in how they spend their budgets.
CUTLINE: (1) Flippo (2) Flippo the Juggling Clown, also known as Larry Rettig, juggles a plunger, a bowling ball and a plastic egg during a recent birthday party at the Knights of Columbus in Westboro.
A 2004 study published in the journal Nature claims that learning how to juggle may increase the brain's gray matter.
Michelle learned to juggle three scarves just a few days before her fifth birthday.