v. jug·gled, jug·gling, jug·gles
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.
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.
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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