juggling


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jug·gle

 (jŭg′əl)
v. jug·gled, jug·gling, jug·gles
v.tr.
1. To toss and catch (two or more objects) so that at least one of them is in the air at all times.
2. To have difficulty holding; balance insecurely: juggled the ball but finally caught it; shook hands while juggling a cookie and a teacup.
3. To keep (more than two activities, for example) in motion or progress at one time: managed to juggle a full-time job and homemaking.
4. To manipulate in order to deceive: juggle figures in a ledger.
v.intr.
1. To juggle objects or perform other tricks of manual dexterity.
2. To make rapid motions or manipulations: juggled with the controls on the television to improve the picture.
3. To use trickery; practice deception.
n.
1. The act of juggling.
2. Trickery for a dishonest end.

[Middle English jogelen, to entertain by performing tricks, from Old French jogler, from Latin ioculārī, to jest, from ioculus, diminutive of iocus, joke; see yek- in Indo-European roots.]

juggling

(ˈdʒʌɡəlɪŋ)
n
(Theatre) the act of throwing and catching several objects continuously so that most are in the air all the time, as an entertainment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.juggling - the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impressionjuggling - the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impression
rearrangement - changing an arrangement
2.juggling - throwing and catching several objects simultaneously
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
Translations

juggling

[ˈdʒʌglɪŋ]
A. Njuegos mpl malabares, malabarismo m (fig) (pej) → trampas fpl, fraude m
B. CPD juggling act N (fig) → malabarismos mpl
balancing the budget is a complex juggling acthay que hacer malabarismos para nivelar el presupuesto

juggling

[ˈdʒʌgəlɪŋ] n (lit)jonglage mjuggling act n (fig)exercice m de jonglerie
the juggling act between job and family → l'exercice de jonglerie entre le travail et la famille

juggling

n
(lit)Jonglieren nt
(fig)Verdrehen nt(with von); juggling with words/figuresWort-/Zahlenakrobatik f; there has been a bit of juggling heredas ist doch so hingedreht worden, dass es passt, das ist doch nicht ganz hasenrein (inf)

juggling

[ˈdʒʌglɪŋ] ngiochi mpl di destrezza (fig) → manipolazione f
References in classic literature ?
but the only way's to stash it; so here goes to hammock again; and in the morning, I'll see how this plaguey juggling thinks over by day-light.
But sometimes he is like the old juggling fellow, formerly a patient of mine in Ceylon, that making believe swallow jack-knives, once upon a time let one drop into him in good earnest, and there it stayed for a twelvemonth or more; when I gave him an emetic, and he heaved it up in small tacks, d'ye see.
It was not alone that the scales descending on the counter made a merry sound, or that the twine and roller parted company so briskly, or that the canisters were rattled up and down like juggling tricks, or even that the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose, or even that the raisins were so plentiful and rare, the almonds so extremely white, the sticks of cinnamon so long and straight, the other spices so delicious, the candied fruits so caked and spotted with molten sugar as to make the coldest lookers-on feel faint and subsequently bilious.
He is fitter to do the juggling tricks of the Norman chivalry than to maintain the fame and honour of his English ancestry with the glaive and brown-bill, the good old weapons of his country.
This Gines, then, afraid of being caught by the officers of justice, who were looking for him to punish him for his numberless rascalities and offences (which were so many and so great that he himself wrote a big book giving an account of them), resolved to shift his quarters into the kingdom of Aragon, and cover up his left eye, and take up the trade of a puppet-showman; for this, as well as juggling, he knew how to practise to perfection.
One, with a fan and some bits of paper, performed the graceful trick of the butterflies and the flowers; another traced in the air, with the odorous smoke of his pipe, a series of blue words, which composed a compliment to the audience; while a third juggled with some lighted candles, which he extinguished successively as they passed his lips, and relit again without interrupting for an instant his juggling.
In their quietest times, they sang ballads and told tales, for the edification of their pious visitors; or perplexed them with juggling tricks; or grinned at them through horse collars; and when sport itself grew wearisome, they made game of their own stupidity, and began a yawning match.
The fourth day out, I think (we were then working down the east side of the Gulf of Siam, tack for tack, in light winds and smooth water)--the fourth day, I say, of this miserable juggling with the unavoidable, as we sat at our evening meal, that man, whose slightest movement I dreaded, after putting down the dishes ran up on deck busily.
The juggling explains the three glasses, which Todhunter was teaching himself to throw up and catch in rotation.
Marry," quoth the peasant, "an' it please your worships, ye had better journey many a good rood hence with your juggling circus than trust your bones in yonder castle.
Wouldst thou come here to our fair town of Denby, thou Jack in the Box, to overcome a good honest lad with vile, juggling tricks?
But, however they differed when looked at separately, they shared the same huge, lovable nature in the bulk, which murmured and swayed and quivered all the time the dancing and juggling and love-making went on in front of it, slowly laughed and reluctantly left off laughing, and applauded with a helter-skelter generosity which sometimes became unanimous and overwhelming.