Definition of “have a few, several, etc. irons in the fire” - English Dictionary

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“have a few, several, etc. irons in the fire” in British English

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have a few, several, etc. irons in the fire

to be involved with many activities or jobs at the same time or to make certain that there are always several possibilities available:

If that job application doesn't work out I've got a couple more irons in the fire.

(Definition of “have a few, several, etc. irons in the fire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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