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steer a middle course
To take a moderate approach, as opposed to using extreme measures. Sir, I think you need to avoid making any inflammatory statements on this issue and steer a middle course instead.
steer (or take) a middle course adopt a policy which avoids extremes.
follow/steer/take a middle ˈcourse,
find, etc. a/the middle ˈway follow, find, etc. a plan that is halfway between two opposing plans; compromise: Kate wanted to stay for the rest of the week, and I wanted to leave straight away, so in the end we followed a middle course and stayed a couple of days. ♢ In politics you often have to steer a middle course. OPPOSITE: go to extremes