be careful not to (do something)

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be careful not to (do something)

Proceed cautiously, in an attempt to avoid potential problems or pitfalls. This phrase is often said as a warning or instruction. I was careful not to make any noise as I crept into the house after curfew. As you plan your talk, be careful not to bore the audience with scientific terms they won't understand. This plate is very hot—be careful not to burn yourself.
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Seriously, I still deliver the goods, but I am careful not to embarrass people in public.
But I am careful not to judge; I know nothing of what Ben has experienced since enlisting.
I'm a smoker and it doesn't bother me smoking outside a pub and am careful not to blow smoke when people are walking past but still get rubbish from do-gooders.
Sir Nicholas has just slapped my bottom" Labour MP Natascha Engel on an alleged incident involving Tory Sir Nicholas Winterton in the tea room of the House of Commons "I don't make a habit of it" Sir Nicholas Winterton on the bottom-slapping incident "At this time of year, I am careful not to switch on the radio because those novelty jingles make me homicidal and plunge me into the heart of Scrooge territory" Actor Colin Firth on Christmas "Right now I don't call it the menopause, I call it men-on-pause" Singer Marie Osmond says she is too busy for boyfriends "I spend as much time in bed as possible, and then get up and do the show, then go back to bed with a cup of tea and a few chocolate biscuits in between" Actor Jonathan Pryce on his fitness regime
I am careful not to depict scenes of actual people or historical events as I feel I do not have the right.
While I strongly disagree with the views of people like James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Pat Robertson and others, I am careful not to underestimate them.
I am careful not to say 'rugby player' for fear of inciting the wrath of lovers of the game the world over.
These days, I am careful not to make assumptions about the knowledge possessed by those who fabricate high-pressure laminates.
I have been photographed on the beach but I am careful not to go topless because it is not very pleasant for your parents to see.
We use the project manager system and I am careful not to take away the power I have entrusted in them.
I am careful not to hurt people's feelings but it was out of control.
Even though Boris doesn't seem to be afraid of me, I am careful not to get too close to him.
Of course, I thank them for their support, but that would be a very difficult question for me to answer because in the same manner that Mayor Digong is supporting his own vice president, I am also supporting my party's presidential bet, and I am careful not to hurt the sensitivities of people I work with.