One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have many (or a range of) options or courses of action available or be involved in many activities or commitments at the same time.
- ‘Andy Marriott was good for us in every sense of the word and he allowed us to make sure Glyn was 100 per cent fit but he had other irons in the fire.’
- ‘We still have other irons in the fire and should have a strong squad.’
- ‘In addition, each member of the production crew has other irons in the fire, like Stanislaus's first short film production, slated for March.’
- ‘I know Dean had other irons in the fire, including an offer from Luton Town.’
- ‘Certainly she has hinted she has other irons in the fire if the public tire of her on screen.’
- ‘Ex-Pike Mark Willoughby came in for Saturday's match and may well feature again and Reid has other irons in the fire.’
- ‘I have other irons in the fire and I need some time away to deal with them, and I think we need some new blood in the chair.’
- ‘Scrutinizing its own detailed costs in isolation is one avenue the company has taken to improve its performance, but the managers have other irons in the fire.’
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