irons in the fire

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Describing a blacksmith working on several pieces at the same time.

Noun[edit]

irons in the fire

  1. tasks in progress.

Usage notes[edit]

May be used with a positive connotation, e.g. "have other irons in the fire" (other projects are available if this one fails), or with a negative connotation, e.g. "too many irons in the fire" (overwhelmed by having too many tasks).

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