balancing act

noun
plural balancing acts

Definition of balancing act

: an attempt to handle or deal with two or more things (such as obligations) at one time so as to satisfy often competing requirements "It's a difficult balancing act between celebrating the past and making room for the future."— Jeffrey Brown Vegas might be the starkest example of what the hospitality industry faces across the country: a delicate balancing act between bringing back jobs and revenue and keeping workers and customers safe from a virus that's killed more than 100,000 Americans.— Dave Jamieson It's a balancing act between appreciation, education and safety. Earlier this year, London city council voted to tighten up a parks bylaw that restricts the amount of food residents can feed to wild animals.— Megan Stacey

Examples of balancing act in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Working as an artist is not only a balancing act of ups and downs, but also requires learning to cruise through the motions — a new skill many have to learn entirely. Karina Michel Feld, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2021 For all industry leaders, getting to net-zero is a balancing act of initial investment versus long-term profits. Francois Laborie, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Working simultaneously behind and in front of the camera is a balancing act — just ask David Boreanaz. Janine Puhak, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2021 In some respects, that Putin took this long to end his balancing act is surprising: From afar, his power appears assured. Anna Nemtsova, The Atlantic, 16 June 2021 But setting a species loose in the wild is a precarious balancing act. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 16 Apr. 2021 Engaging in a balancing act that has catered more for Russia than NATO, Turkey enjoyed the best of both worlds in terms of cooperating with Russia and its Western allies at the same time. Guney Yildiz, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Mystique would be replaced by relatability, and Truth or Dare turns the whole celebrity thing into a balancing act. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2021 The Democrats' slim majorities in the House and Senate only add to the balancing act facing lawmakers. Hunter Woodall, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of balancing act

1907, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2021

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“Balancing act.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balancing%20act. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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