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 The Mets have quite the balancing act to pull off this week. Abbey Mastracco, Hartford Courant, 26 Sep. 2022 But another year of merely iterative iPhone updates makes the balancing act just a tad harder. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 But as the first anniversary of the Taliban’s return to power approaches next week, the balancing act has become harder to sustain. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 The balancing act is failing with a Fenway face-plant into last place in the American League East and a sub-.500 record following Wednesday night’s gross 7-6 loss to old friend Terry Francona and the Cleveland Guardians. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2022 But the balancing act does not always come easy for the rapper. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 13 July 2022 The balancing act was on display when national security advisor Jake Sullivan briefed reporters before Biden embarked on his trip. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 The balancing act is particularly difficult for the European Union, which heavily depends on Russian oil and gas. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 27 June 2022 But as time goes on -- and if US-China tensions continue to rise -- the balancing act may become more difficult, Kabutaulaka said. Simone Mccarthy, CNN, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of balancing act

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balancing act was in 1907

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6 Oct 2022

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“Balancing act.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balancing%20act. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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