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Have Too Many Irons in the Fire

Are you feeling overworked, overwhelmed and tired? Perhaps, you have too many irons in the fire? In other words, maybe you are doing too many things at one time or are working on too many projects simultaneously. In this context, the expression to have too many irons in the fire is negative and is similar to the idiom to have too much on your plate. Here are some sample sentences using the expression to have too many irons in the fire:

As a result of having too many irons in the fire, Mary missed last week’s deadline.
I really need a holiday. Lately, I have had too many irons in the fire.
It isn’t healthy to have too many irons in the fire.

The saying to
have too many irons in the fire is said to refer to a blacksmith working on several pieces at the same time, probably more than he can easily handle. Having too many irons in the fire can lead to stress and burnout.
On a more positive note, you can
have other irons in the fire or several irons in the fire. Both of these idioms mean that you have other options or other projects that you are working on in the event that one should fail.
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