balancing act


Definition of balancing act

: an attempt to cope with several often conflicting factors or situations at the same time

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Washington faces a potentially tricky balancing act in making its appointment. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Ivanka Trump to Help Select Nominee for World Bank President," 14 Jan. 2019 Roswell Shortly before Smallville premiered in the early '00s, the WB released Roswell, which executed a fine balancing act between teenage alien soap opera and serious teen drama. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 The White House’s fraught balancing act was on display Monday during the afternoon press briefing – the first in nearly a month — where press secretary Sarah Sanders alternately sought to soothe national divisions and to inflame them. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Trump, aides struggle to balance midterm politics with empathy after synagogue massacre," 30 Oct. 2018 The results highlight the difficult holiday balancing act parcel carriers face during the seasonal shipping surge, when demand drives up costs and the crush of packages can bury profit-making efficiency strategies. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 22 Mar. 2018 Beijing’s balancing act could soon get more difficult. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Moves to Shore Up Economy as Slowdown and Trade Fight Loom," 24 June 2018 Analysts say the turnout and coordination of protests is now emboldening ordinary Vietnamese, but also complicating the party's difficult balancing act of tolerating some dissent while keeping it under control. Martin Petty, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's reach fuels illegal protests in Vietnam," 19 June 2018 Ultimately, the challenge for Ivanka is that this campaign represents a high-stakes balancing act for her personally. Tim Teeman, Town & Country, "Was Ivanka Trump's RNC Speech a Success?," 22 July 2016 Russia’s ambassador to Israel, Alexander Shein, highlighted Moscow’s balancing act in an interview with Israel’s Ynet news publication last week. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Can Israel’s Clash With Iran Be Contained in Syria?," 3 May 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balancing act was in 1907

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