juggling act

noun

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

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of juggling act was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Juggling act.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juggling%20act. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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