juggling act


plural juggling 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
The movie portrays Howard's life as a perpetual juggling act between family and work.Linda Civitello
Finishing the mashed potatoes at the same time as the roast, the gravy, and the green beans can become quite a juggling act.Cook's Illustrated
Most of all, a certain balance has to be found between stealth, gunplay and action. … It's difficult for a movie to pull that juggling act off, let alone a game.Ross Adams

Examples of juggling act in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web School budgeting is a complex juggling act that often leaves superintendents walking a tightrope between financial constraints and public demands. Frank Ricci, National Review, 20 Jan. 2024 A day spent in her company, from 7 a.m. to midnight, offers a glimpse into an increasingly complex juggling act. Ellen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of juggling act was in 1941

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“Juggling act.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juggling%20act. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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