balancing act

noun

plural balancing acts
: 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 Older age can be a balancing act — how much to put out, how hard to try, how much to let go. Anne Lamott, Washington Post, 1 July 2024 For months, the practice has felt like a balancing act. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2024 In most cases, the parent or caregiver is purchasing these products, so there’s a balancing act to reach both the customer and the end-user. Emily Burns, WWD, 28 June 2024 The company will face a balancing act in emphasizing privacy and security while also pivoting to greater use of generative AI. Will Knight, WIRED, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for balancing act 

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balancing act was in 1907

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“Balancing act.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balancing%20act. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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