two strings to (one's) bow

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two strings to (one's) bow

Two or more ways of achieving success or accomplishing some task or activity. Well, at least you have two strings to your bow with that degree in accounting if your acting career doesn't take off. I always try to plan a project with an backup method, in case my first plan falls apart. It's always good to keep two strings to your bow!
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two strings to one's bow

More than one means of reaching an objective, as in Louise hasn't heard yet, but she's got two strings to her bow-she can always appeal to the chairman . This expression alludes to a well-prepared archer, who carries a spare string in case one fails. [Mid-1400s]
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two strings to one's bow

More than one way of reaching one’s goal. This term comes from the custom of archers carrying a reserve string. It first appeared in English in the mid-fifteenth century, and by 1546 it was in John Heywood’s proverb collection. In the nineteenth century a number of novelists, including Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope, used the term as a metaphor for lovers: if one love affair fails, there is always another lover to be had. The current cliché is used more generally to mean resources in reserve.
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He was a runaway winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial before being supplemented to the Vodafone Derby at a cost of pounds 90,000 but was disappointing in the Epsom classic, eventually finishing eighth on the big day Godolphin have two strings to their bow in the shape of foreign group one winner Kutub and Jockey Club Stakes victor Marienbard.
Graveney, trying to explain the surprise choice of Alleyne and Wells, said: "Both men are quality batsmen who can bowl, and players who have at least two strings to their bows are proving increasingly effective in this form of the game.