a light touch

light touch

1. A delicate, careful, or sensitive approach to dealing with something. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. This is a particularly volatile situation, so it will require a light touch to avoid becoming a public scandal. The president said that he wanted to introduced light-touch regulation that freed up companies to innovate, but still protected consumers at a base level.
2. A relaxed, humorous, or easygoing way of doing or approaching something. The director handles the heavier themes of the film with a light touch. The actress brought a much-needed light touch to the ceremony.
See also: light, touch

a light ˈtouch

the ability to deal with something in a delicate and relaxed way: She handles this difficult subject with a light touch. OPPOSITE: heavy hand
See also: light, touch
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Use a light touch at all times, so the end result won't be over-the-top.