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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

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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Last week, there were flubs in the juggling act, but they weren't edited out.
The 39-year-old fashion designer asserted that it's a huge juggling act, when a person is a working mother and is looking after the family as well.
Two Dubai barmen were fined AED 10,000 each by The Misdemeanours Court after a flame juggling act went wrong and left three people with second-degree burns.
Dubai: Two barmen who caused second-degree burns to three patrons in a juggling act gone awry at the Mahiki nightclub were fined Dh10,000 each by the Misdemeanours Court.
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Summary: Tourists wandering through the ornately tiled rooms of the late-9th-century Bahia Palace, home to a sultan's vizier, his four wives, 24 concubines and countless offspring, can only imagine the domestic juggling act required to get through the day.
MANAGING SEVERAL PROJECTS AS WE DO CAN BE A JUGGLING ACT THAT WOULD PUT BARNUM & BAILEY TO SHAME ON THEIR BEST DAY.
His is a constant juggling act, with the top priority being satisfying Eagle Transfer's list of high profile corporate accounts.
Kate Connor, heroine of Carpe Demon, has returned to demon hunting full time, though it's turning into a greater juggling act than she anticipated.
But maneuvering more than one atom at a time is a difficult juggling act.
Kimberly pursues her cruel intentions with robotic precision but also delights in her own wicked cleverness, a tough juggling act that Wood has no evident trouble keeping up in the air.
MARCH Man, Ram, you might have to pull off a major juggling act this month.
On average, home caregivers experience a loss of $659,139 over the total time period they're caring for a loved one, according to The MetLife Juggling Act Study by NAC and the National Center on Women and Aging at Brandeis University.
It's like a juggling act trying to keep it all afloat," Leffew said.