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string to (one's) bow

An option or alternative available in the event that the current course of action, circumstance, opportunity, etc., is not viable. With all this varied job experience under my belt, I have more than one string to my bow if this particular career path isn't to my liking. I've got a job interview next week, but I'm still handing out my résumé so that I'll have more than one string to my bow.
See also: bow, string
References in classic literature ?
He was fascinated by the idea of there being a mysterious link between the woman and the animal, but he was already preparing a second string to his bow. His new idea was to use the faculties of Oolanga, so far as he could, in the service of discovery.
<B Gareth Bale prepares to launch another long throw against Austria on Thursday night but as you can see in the inset pictures, it's not a completely new string to his bow
Tamil actor and recently elected MLA Karunas adds a music composer string to his bow with upcoming film Pagiri .
However, the Wolves reckon that over the past year the 26-year-old has added a further string to his bow - the tendency to indulge in some bonecrunching defensive work.
In such circumstances the best value way to bet is to support a player with more than one string to his bow and Aussie all-rounder NATHAN COULTER-NILE fits the bill perfectly.
CBSO executive Calum Nisbet has another string to his bow - with a key new role in the Birmingham legal sector.
He is known worldwide for his beautifully crafted Sterling Silver collections and watches for both men and women, but this year he adds another string to his bow with a newly launched fragrance for woman 'Glam 'N' Soul', PS56.95.
O'Brien has another string to his bow in Memphis Tennessee, winner of the Ormonde Stakes at Chester on his reappearance.
In his column today (Page 18), he tells us of yet another new string to his bow.
ROBIN HOOD - MAY 14 It's Gladiator in Lincoln Green as Russell Crowe adds another action man string to his bow. Director Ridley Scott's terrific cast includes Cate Blanchett.
But he plans to show there are more string to his bow. Zheng said: "I can play as the second striker or central midfield.
MATTHEW Bates has added another string to his bow as a result of his second half substitute appearance in midfield against Sunderland.
ACTOR Stephen Rea shows he has more than one string to his bow yesterday as he backs a music festival.
Gareth Southgate aims to add another string to his bow ( days after Middlesbrough's first victory under the former England defender when they beat champions Chelsea.
Hemmings will have a second string to his bow in the shape of Juveigneur, who is trained by Nicky Henderson.