tread lightly

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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.
One group, Tread Lightly, is trying to educate shooters on appropriate behavior rather than trying to reopen land that's been closed, which it acknowledges is difficult.
SHARON LIPTROTT Reduce, reuse and recycle will be the main message of this year's Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair as families are encouraged to "tread lightly on the earth".
In a group media interview earlier this week, Dr Mahathir had also admitted that PH still must tread lightly when it comes to ethnic and religious issues despite already being in power for a year.
He says the board needs to beware of being too confident in positive economic reports and must acknowledge there are empty stores and that other issues require the village to tread lightly.
We who revere most their pristine landscape and terrain must tread lightly to avoid disfigurement in the name of commercialisation and tourist comforts," Sidhu stated in the letter.
"With teenage kids you've got to tread lightly," she says.
The government needs to keep its political will and tread lightly.
Mahon said: "My character is not one to tread lightly and his arrival to the Square will cause shockwaves for many of the residents ...
The BLM recognizes the importance of access to outdoor recreation areas and is dedicated to the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles that Respected Access is Open Access.
I vow to tread lightly, act kindly, and explore mindfully.
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.
She needs to tread lightly and remember she gets one life, not nine.