balancing act


Definition of balancing act

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

Examples of balancing act in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But it’s a balancing act, one based on the ability of each district to follow those guidelines, including social distancing in classrooms and enough teachers, nurses and custodians to reopen safely. Anna Bauman,, "Oakland schools will start with distance learning next month, phase in some classroom instruction," 10 July 2020 With some of the largest school districts in the country having not yet announced plans for returning in the fall, parents may have to continue this balancing act for the foreseeable future. Oliver Effron, CNN, "Kids stuck at home interrupt parents' live interviews on BBC and Sky News," 2 July 2020 But that balancing act may become harder and harder as his potential vice presidential picks begin weighing in on the issues. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Trump tries to tie Biden to civil unrest and far-left in culture war strategy," 7 July 2020 For Craft and the hundreds of other engineers working on the project, this requires a careful balancing act between competing priorities. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI," 29 June 2020 O’Day said pricing of the drug was a balancing act. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "COVID drug remdesivir to be priced at $2,340 for 5-day treatment," 29 June 2020 O’Day said pricing of the drug was a balancing act. Robert Langreth, Fortune, "Gilead to charge thousands for coronavirus treatment drug that critics say should cost $1," 29 June 2020 This is a balancing act John Steen, 53, knows well. Ryan Kost,, "‘Social bubbles’: Alameda County has a new name for your COVID crew and pandemic pods," 7 June 2020 The balancing act of weighing public health concerns, economic realities and the community aspect that a gay bar can provide made the decision nuanced for any owner. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Group text and virtual drag shows: How Arizona gay bars coped with coronavirus shutdowns," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of balancing act

1907, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2020

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“Balancing act.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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