another string to your bow

Explanation: What is an idiom?

To have a backup plan in case of the first idea being a failure .


-Hi Jane, I've heard that you're studying again! Haven't you just finished a Master in Psychology?

-Hello Tim. Yes, I have started a new course and I have also just done a Master in Psychology. I just thought it's a good idea to add another string to my bow. You never know what the future beholds.

-Ah, I understand. That's very clever. I wish I had thought of that when I was your age. I think I'm too old to start a new course now.. anywa I don't even have the time!

-Oh, stop it. You're not old! You could try studying at weekends. It's a good idea to have another string to your bow even if you've been doing the same thing for 20 years!

-I guess. Thanks Jane, I'll think about it.


If an archer has a spare string for their bow, they can still shoot an arrow even if their first string breaks.

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