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Many (or more than one) arrows in your quiver

Posted by Sauerkraut on July 13, 2001

In Reply to: Many (or more than one) arrows in your quiver posted by Bruce Kahl on June 15, 2001

: : Has anyone ever heard of this phrase? I've heard "more than one string to your bow" though i've rarely seen it used, but it seems to me I've heard the former somewhere too. Any ideas?

: : Thanks

: I heard the phrase used as a euphemism for ammunition.
: A part-time job I once had during college was a sales position showing the "free" baby pictures taken at your local Sears.
: My boss would always say "...and don't forget to bring the letters of recommendation from satisfied customers, they are the arrows in your quiver."

I have also heard this expression used to indicate someone's adaptability or versitility. A person with only one arrow (or type of arrow) would only know one way to approach a problem.

A similar expression is "When one's only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."