irons in the fire

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - irons in the fire

"irons in the fire"

a number of jobs or possibilities available at the same time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - irons in the fire

Two businesswomen are talking ...

Businesswoman 1:  What have you been working on lately?

Businesswoman 2:  Besides my core businesses, I have been working on several exciting new opportunities.

Businesswoman 1:  It is good to always have several irons in the fire. That way, if something goes wrong with one of them, you are not in trouble.

Businesswoman 2:  Yes. I like to diversify.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - irons in the fire

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you got a date for Jenny and Allen's wedding yet.

Friend 2:  I have got many irons in the fire.

Friend 1:  Meaning you have asked a bunch of women but none of them has given you an answer yet?

Friend 2:  Exactly.

irons in the fire - Usage:


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irons in the fire - Gerund Form:

Having several irons in the fire, the businesswoman could easily risk one of her ventures.

irons in the fire - Examples:

1)  I have a number of irons in the fire and we'll see what comes of them.

2)  ... is no easy task to secure today's digital enterprise. With all of the irons in the fire of the digital ecosystem, there is a lot that can compromise ...

3)  Wright is understood to have one or two irons in the fire, but his future should be decided in the next couple of ...

4)  Fairfax is obviously a big publisher with lots of irons in the fire, but they really need to jump to a new revenue model.

5)  To make it seem like he's got "irons in the fire", his grandkids help set him up with an online dating.

6)  But on the Thursday, the upshot was that the acting Taoiseach had two irons in the fire - a Fine Gael-led? minority government, or the grand' ...

7)  He comforted himself with the knowledge he had other irons in the fire.

8)  ... assume that that money may not be there, so you have to have other irons in the fire of what can I do if that funding went away?

9)  I've always managed to have a million irons in the fire at one time, but it's quite difficult on my family ...

10)  There are so many irons in the fire, the future could go any which way to a successful career ...

11)  Mr Tomes said Marie may also have other irons in the fire -- including a TV career.

12)  We have many irons in the fire and some longstanding projects we want to complete in the near future.

13)  ... not yet said what he will do next, but "has a few exciting irons in the fire".

14)  I've got a few irons in the fire that aren't necessarily musical. Nothing solid yet but it would ...

15)  You have to have more than one or two irons in the fire in the trade period, because you can't always get exactly ...

16)  It is not a one-trick pony, it has lots of irons in the fire.

17)  They are also concerned that the company has too many irons in the fire.

18)  The reality is that most small businesses have limited resources and a lot of irons in the fire.

19)  We have a lot of irons in the fire. We are looking all over the country.

20)  ... exploring open world and five platforms and multi-player it seemed like perhaps we had enough irons in the fire.