balancing act


balancing act
'balancing .act
n [C usually singular]
when you are trying to please two or more people or groups who all want different things, or who have ideas that are completely different from each other
Gilmore had to perform the difficult balancing act of attracting moderate voters without losing his conservative base.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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