irons in the fire

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


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irons in the fire pl (plural only)

  1. Tasks in progress; involvement in ongoing projects.

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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