tread a fine line between (something)

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tread a fine line between (something)

To navigate or strike a balance between two sides, positions, or approaches to something, especially when trying to avoid one of them. The film treads a fine line between parody and homage. As a new parent, you have to tread a fine line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective.
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Once again, Darwyn must tread a fine line between serving his country and not tipping off his colleagues in the terrorist cell as to his true intentions while proceeding to facilitate the planned attack.
The Emirates has to tread a fine line between East and West but also has some pretty tough neighbors in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
By playing with the dictates of the Arcadian tradition, Ya'ari's images tread a fine line between reality and escape, offering up a kind of damaged utopia.
This is an industry-wide conundrum; fixed operators must tread a fine line between cannibalizing fixed line services with overcompelling VoIP pricing and offering unattractive VoIP services," adds Zibi.
Confronted with an often visually alluring but removed tale of sexual jealousy and obsession, reviewers of Stanley Kubrick's ``Eyes Wide Shut'' for the most part offered assessments that tread a fine line between expressing disappointment while not questioning Kubrick's ``genius.