tiptoe around (someone or something)

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tiptoe around (someone or something)

To avoid confronting or engaging with a troublesome or undesirable person, problem, situation, issue, etc. It would be humorous if it weren't so sad the way Sarah tiptoes around her wife. The boss just keeps tiptoeing around the fact that we need to hire more staff if we want to remain competitive.
See also: around, tiptoe
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President Rodrigo Duterte, who has expressed the intent to establish closer ties with China, has appeared to have been tiptoeing around the South China Sea disputes in his international engagements, most recently avoiding the topic in his state visit to Cambodia, a known ally to the Chinese.
My two-year-old was nervous at first but soon got the hang of tiptoeing around the various bridges and rope nets.
Nigella AUTUMNWATCH (BBC2, 9pm) CHRIS PACKHAM, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games head up the reporting, tiptoeing around day and night to bring us news from the Caerlaverock Wetland Centre.
As usual, Chris Packham, below, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games head up the reporting, tiptoeing around day and night to bring us news from the Caerlaverock Wetland Centre.
We've all been tiptoeing around this, we're all being so bloody polite to each other that at this rate, we could lose this referendum.
She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids--which works to keep a fragile peace--until the rainy day when they're together in the car and Ben's volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.
It's about time we stopped tiptoeing around the size issue, stopped kidding ourselves that anorexia, however serious, is the biggest eating problem we face, and started to tackle fat for the problem that it is.
Tiptoeing around the edges makes little lasting impression as recent history proves.
CORONATION STREET (ITV) MOST of the week is taken up with David tiptoeing around on eggshells, hoping a conscious Nick won't tell his family that he caused the crash which nearly killed them both.
Surely the Football League realise this and could easily step in and show exactly where they have the Golden Share registered, instead of tiptoeing around Sisu.
The trade did not violate any sanctions on Iran at the time, but it shows how Iran is tiptoeing around sanctions to get some of the things it needs.
In fact, councillors are tiptoeing around the beast, so that while we slumber the Royal Glamorgan Hospital is being downgraded, with many services being relocated to Prince Charles Hospital at Merthyr Tydfil, and this will be a fait accompli before anyone realises what is going on.
So poor Adam's been tiptoeing around me because he doesn't know what kind of mood I'll be in.
Into the too precious realm of tiptoeing around anything vaguely cultural that could be construed as racist.
I think American citizens are just tired of this political correctness and politicians who are tiptoeing around important issues.