tread lightly

tread lightly

1. To walk carefully, so as not to disturb what is underfoot or nearby. This is rare alpine vegetation, so tread lightly. Tread lightly so you don't wake up the baby.
2. To be extra tactful in one's dealing with someone so as not to offend or aggravate. The boss is really irritable today, so if you have bad news for him, tread lightly. Tread lightly if you ask Mrs. Smith for extra credit—she usually gets annoyed with those requests.
See also: lightly, tread
References in classic literature ?
The next thought that occurred to him was one that made him slip off his shoes and tread lightly upstairs, to listen at the bedroom doors.
uneven lately," Katz said, to which Claire replied, "Come now, let's not tread lightly for the camera's sake.
Everton are keen to tread lightly with Coleman, the 29-year-old having been left out of the team thrashed 5-1 at Arsenal last weekend.
I vow to tread lightly, act kindly and explore mindfully.
Al-Mala'ika's poetry, with its balance between tradition and innovation, ultimately teaches us not to deal so violently with the past, but rather to tread lightly in poetry's ancient footsteps.
Each facility represents the seriousness we place on sustainability and the importance of working locally and with nearby communities to tread lightly on the environment and respect Mother Nature.
Don't tread lightly Before a road trip, most people fill up the tank, gather snacks and make sure the kids are set up with movies and games.
Do remember to tread lightly though; it takes at least five years for a bluebell seed to develop into a bulb to produce flowers.
Flipping into walls when others are simply riding on them and throwing himself down gaps for hours on end until he's puking up water--and still trying to give it one last go, Townley does not tread lightly.
And that kind of absolute thinking can drive a man insane, so I tread lightly around this topic.
Looking to our children's future is a major driver of Maori enterprises around the country which are working to build their assets and tread lightly on the land, as the chair of the Federation of Maori Authorities, Traci Houpapa, outlines in our lead story (page 8).
Foundation chair Jane Davidson said: "Morgan died tragically young but his dream of a world where we tread lightly on the earth, lives on.
Stepping out onto the stage of a sold-out Ulster Hall last Sunday the Atlanta quartet launched into Tread Lightly with raptorous chants and applause from their unusually varied fanbase.
Darkness descended and the eerie echoes of the intro to Tread Lightly rang around the Academy.
But we will have to tread lightly and see where it takes us.