tread a thin line between (something)

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tread a thin 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 thin line between parody and homage. As a new parent, you have to tread a thin line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective.
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Successful management must tread a thin line between too little and too much disturbance," says Allison Cusick of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Savvy enough to talk business, technical enough to talk hardware, he has to tread a thin line between personal sensitivity and business objectives.