Definition of juggle in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌɡ(ə)l


[with object]
1Continuously toss into the air and catch (a number of objects) so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others: Charles juggled five tangerines, his hands a frantic blur [no object]: he can’t juggle
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  • When Wee dropped one club out of reach, they continued juggling with the remaining five.
  • He added more and more, until he was juggling at least twenty stones without hesitation, perfectly.
  • In her youth, Aleila was a wild and rambunctious youngster who could juggle, toss, swallow, and even lie on swords.
1.1Cope with by adroitly balancing (several activities): she works full time, juggling her career with raising children
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  • Many had to juggle work and home commitments in order to cope with a situation where children were on different mid-term breaks.
  • I've got so many activities and subjects to juggle I don't have time for other commitments.
  • What will I need to balance, juggle and organise?
1.2Organize (information or figures) in order to give a particular impression: the average first-time buyer spends many hours juggling figures as they try to budget for their first home defence chiefs juggled the figures on bomb tests
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  • I'm going to more or less take their advice, but probably juggle the numbers a bit.
  • The main difference is that I knew Mr. Buck wasn't trying to juggle the numbers to arrive at a certain, desired conclusion.
  • The debate shouldn't just be how to juggle numbers.
misrepresent, tamper with, falsify, misstate, distort, change round, alter, manipulate, rig, massage, fudge
British informal fiddle


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An act of juggling.
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  • Life's a juggle, and you make the choices that suit your life.
  • It tries to portray a juggle between characters and the situations and relationships they are involved in.
  • That sounds quite a juggle for community members to be able to do that, is that happening?


late Middle English (in the sense 'entertain with jesting, tricks, etc.'): back-formation from juggler, or from Old French jogler, from Latin joculari 'to jest', from joculus, diminutive of jocus 'jest'. Current senses date from the late 19th century.



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  • The talented threesome are acrobats, jugglers, clowns and illusionists, all rolled into one.
  • Magicians, jugglers and mime artists accompanied Pat for the first series.
  • We had 150 people in our garden, with a juggler, fire-eater, clown, Punch and Judy, magician and local brass band.


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  • A French juggler is to perform jugglery and also teach the basic techniques, at the American College on August 16.
  • Statistical jugglery apart, nearly 65 per cent of India's population falls in the category of capability poor.
  • His family has been doing a ‘lot of jugglery with the money’ and even ended up disposing off some assets to keep him in the sport.

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