Definition of have many (or other) irons in the fire in US English:

have many (or other) irons in the fire

phrase

  • Have many (or a range of) options or courses of action available or be involved in many activities or commitments at the same time.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I know Dean had other irons in the fire, including an offer from Luton Town.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certainly she has hinted she has other irons in the fire if the public tire of her on screen.’
    • ‘In addition, each member of the production crew has other irons in the fire, like Stanislaus's first short film production, slated for March.’
    • ‘Ex-Pike Mark Willoughby came in for Saturday's match and may well feature again and Reid has other irons in the fire.’
    • ‘We still have other irons in the fire and should have a strong squad.’