irons in the fire

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of irons in the fire

: activities or projects that someone is involved in
  • Although he won't say exactly what he's working on now, he says he has quite a few irons in the fire.

Word by Word Definitions

iron play irons
  1. : a silver-white malleable ductile magnetic heavy metallic element that readily rusts in moist air, occurs native in meteorites and combined in most igneous rocks, is the most used of metals, and is vital to biological processes — see Chemical Elements Table

  2. : something made of iron: such as

  3. : shackles for the hands or legs

  1. : of, relating to, or made of iron

  2. : resembling iron

  3. : strong and healthy : robust

  1. : to furnish or cover with iron

  2. : to shackle with irons

  3. : to smooth with or as if with a heated iron

fire play
  1. : the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light, flame, and heat

  2. : one of the four elements of the alchemists

  3. : burning passion : ardor

  1. : to set on fire : kindle

  2. : to give life or spirit to : inspire

  3. : to fill with passion or enthusiasm


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