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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Partners is Massachusetts’ largest hospital network and the largest private employer in the state and Klibanski faces a complex balancing act to weigh the goals of Partners’ corporate office, hospitals, doctors, and patients. Globe Staff,, "Five things to know about Dr. Anne Klibanski, Partners’ new CEO," 26 June 2019 The Big Stage Acts in this new episode of the variety-talent series include 34th and Phunk; Junru Wang’s pedestal balancing act; Blake Lewis vocal illusions; juggler Ron Pearson; Lina Liu’s spinning parasol act and aerial violinist Janice Martin. Ed Stockly,, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on ABC," 20 June 2019 There are jugglers, balancing acts, pole climbers, a contortionist. Christopher Arnott,, "Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’: A watery wonderland under the big top making its way to Hartford’s Market Street," 6 June 2019 The Effect: The balancing act of anxiety-busting CBD and energizing ingredients such as ginseng (a brain-stimulating adaptogen) and schisandra (an herb attributed to increasing concentration and thinking speed) made Recess a viable workday drink. Sunset, "Our Favorite Sparkling CBD Drinks Are Relaxation in a Can," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of balancing act

1907, in the meaning defined above

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