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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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 Beijing’s balancing act could soon get more difficult. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Moves to Shore Up Economy as Slowdown and Trade Fight Loom," 24 June 2018 Analysts say the turnout and coordination of protests is now emboldening ordinary Vietnamese, but also complicating the party's difficult balancing act of tolerating some dissent while keeping it under control. Martin Petty, The Christian Science Monitor, "China's reach fuels illegal protests in Vietnam," 19 June 2018 Ultimately, the challenge for Ivanka is that this campaign represents a high-stakes balancing act for her personally. Tim Teeman, Town & Country, "Was Ivanka Trump's RNC Speech a Success?," 22 July 2016 Russia’s ambassador to Israel, Alexander Shein, highlighted Moscow’s balancing act in an interview with Israel’s Ynet news publication last week. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Can Israel’s Clash With Iran Be Contained in Syria?," 3 May 2018 Giles' situation presents a somewhat difficult balancing act. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Ken Giles punching himself: 'It's a tough look'," 2 May 2018 In these states, the party faces a tricky balance act. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Democrats’ Midterm Senate Bid Runs Straight Through Trump Country," 5 Mar. 2018 With her baby on one breast and a bowl of grains and veggies covering another, this mom’s balancing act was taken by Christina Benton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Blake Bakkila,, "The 20 Most Breathtaking Birth Photos," 27 Feb. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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