have more than one string to one's bow

Definition of have more than one string to one's bow

British
:to have more than one idea, skill, plan, etc., to use if it is needed
  • That didn't fix the problem, but I have more than one string to my bow.

Word by Word Definitions

more play
  1. : greater

  2. : additional, further

  1. : in addition

  2. : moreover

  3. : to a greater or higher degree

  1. : a greater quantity, number, or amount

  2. : something additional : an additional amount

  3. : persons of higher rank

  1. : additional persons or things or a greater amount

string play
  1. : a cord usually used to bind, fasten, or tie

  2. : something that resembles a string

  3. : a cord (such as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body

  1. : to equip with strings

  2. : to tune the strings of

  3. : to make tense : key up

  1. : of or relating to stringed musical instruments

bow play
  1. : to cease from competition or resistance : submit, yield

  2. : to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence, submission, or shame

  3. : to incline the head or body in salutation or assent or to acknowledge applause

  1. : a bending of the head or body in respect, submission, assent, or salutation

  1. : something bent into a simple curve or arc

  2. : rainbow

  3. : a weapon that is used to propel an arrow and that is made of a strip of flexible material (such as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent

  1. : to bend into a curve

  2. : to play a stringed instrument with a bow (see 3bow 5a)

  3. : to cause to bend into a curve

  1. : the forward part of a ship

  2. : bowman:2


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