carefully


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

tread carefully

To delicately handle or approach a situation in order not to upset or worsen the current circumstances, which may be precarious. Tread carefully when you ask Mom whether she's going to the party. She's been acting weird about it. We need to start treading carefully when it comes to our diplomacy—we can't afford to alienate any allies.
See also: carefully, tread

tread warily

To delicately handle or approach a situation in order not to upset or worsen the current circumstances, which may be precarious. Tread warily when you ask Mom whether she's going to the party. She's been acting weird about it. We need to start treading warily when it comes to our diplomacy—we can't afford to alienate any allies.
See also: tread, warily

Heads up!

Raise your head and look around you carefully for information or something that you need to see or avoid. Heads up! Watch out for that door! Heads up! There is a car coming.
See also: Head

tread ˈcarefully, ˈwarily, etc.

be very careful about what you do or say: The government will have to tread very carefully in handling this issue. OPPOSITE: throw caution to the wind(s)
See also: tread

Heads up!

exclam. Look out! Heads up! Watch out for the swinging bucket!
See also: Head
References in periodicals archive ?
Once in a great while a carefully contrived story about a competitor's nightclub tour from an adjoining hotel will shake a Glommer, but it can also cause it to return the next two nights to talk about unsuccessful attempts to find the departing revelers.
And Bremner reminds us to be clear; depending upon the desired meaning, one should say either 'A writer who carefully thinks chooses the right words' or 'A writer who thinks chooses the right words carefully.
The Board has carefully considered these factors in light of all the facts of record, including confidential supervisory and examination information from the various U.
Carefully rotate the upper element counter-clockwise to disconnect the upper element from the lower element and carefully separate the elements.
While this goal of environmental protection for the Owens Valley is widely shared, the method to achieve this should be fully discussed and carefully considered.
To meet the requirement to rotate the lead audit partner and audit review partner every five years, small and midsize firms have to carefully coordinate their growth plans.
The company selected ISYS after carefully evaluating competing solutions from several high-profile search vendors.
In other words, the French president had carefully omitted all references to Christianity.
The book carefully treads into every facet of everyday life as lived by black males in contemporary America.
Most students had thought very carefully about site and climatic conditions, local culture and principles of sustainability.
There is a light above the rosin box and one near the quick-change booth, where costumes are carefully hung.
Words were used carefully, so the exchanges between the two and the comments they made to others have to be examined carefully.
Blueprints need to be drawn, capacity requirements must be carefully analyzed, plans need to be filed, plus the removal of the old boiler, installation and start up all must be taken into consideration and carefully coordinated.
Some tread so carefully that their educational activities are limited to public ceremonies of thanksgiving and praise for the party in power.
Preparation of Financial Information: Fiduciary accounting requires that the executor carefully sort income receipts, principal receipts, income charges and principal charges as well as prepare the required financial reports.