irons in the fire, lots of/too many(redirected from lots of/too many irons in the fire)
irons in the fire, lots of/too many
More projects than one can handle. This expression comes from the smithy and has long survived the profession of blacksmith. The smith who tries to heat too many irons at once is apt to spoil the forging of some of them. It has been used figuratively since the sixteenth century.