cautiously optimistic

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cautiously optimistic

Generally confident regarding a situation and/or its outcome while still maintaining a readiness for possible difficulties or failure. I've prepared for this exam for weeks, so I'm feeling cautiously optimistic that it will turn out well. It's best to be cautiously optimistic when starting any new business.
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There was none in sight within and so he stepped cautiously around the second turn the more effectually to be hidden from the street.
Turan drew his short-sword and cautiously descended.
The moment that von Horn and the girl were entirely concealed by the darkness, the seven moved cautiously along the shadow of the palisade toward the north campong.
A moment later he was moving noiselessly across the campong toward the house in which Professor Maxon lay peacefully sleeping; while at the south gate Bududreen and his six cutthroats crept cautiously within and slunk in the dense shadows of the palisade toward the workshop where lay the heavy chest of their desire.
Cautiously he moved forward on hands and knees, until at about fifteen feet, or the average thickness of the foundation walls, the floor ended abruptly in a sudden drop.
To leap across the intervening space was a small matter to the ape-man, and a moment later he was proceeding along a narrow tunnel, moving cautiously for fear of being precipitated into another shaft such as he had just crossed.
The next time we came back more cautiously, and we avoided the glowing coals.
The wolves were now in the country of game, and though they still hunted in pack, they hunted more cautiously, cutting out heavy cows or crippled old bulls from the small moose-herds they ran across.
She crept out cautiously on the edge of a large open space in the midst of the trees.
Feeling his way cautiously he moved downward with the current, which was not so strong as he had imagined from the noise of the running water.
Feeling his way cautiously forward he approached the turn and looked around the corner.
Ten minutes had hardly passed when a Federal sergeant crept cautiously to him on hands and knees.
Dorrimore thanked me as he seated himself beside me, and I drove cautiously forward, as before.
Razumihin opened the door and stood for some time in the doorway as though hesitating, then he stepped softly into the room and went cautiously to the sofa.
He cautiously moved the cloak and saw, sitting on a chair in the corner, the old woman bent double so that he couldn't see her face; but it was she.