a lot of moving parts


1. something with many different components to it






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our new strategy has a lot of moving parts

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Complicated machines have a lot of moving parts, the essential working pieces that keep them working; but in this context, 'a lot of moving parts' can refer to the amount of people working in a company, or the number of various departments operating together towards a common goal. It can also refer to numerous aspects of a plan or the processes that come together to make a single thing work successfully.

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  1. This is a very complex organization with a lot of moving parts, so it is very hard to micromanage anything. 
  2. Our roll out strategy for this new product has lots of moving parts, so staff have been required to work long hours to make sure that everything stays on schedule.

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