irons in the fire

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

irons in the fire

  1. tasks in progress.

Usage notesEdit

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).

TranslationsEdit

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Last modified on 8 October 2013, at 21:11