tiptoe around (someone or something)

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tiptoe around (someone or something)

To avoid confronting or engaging with a troublesome or undesirable person, problem, situation, issue, etc. It would be humorous if it weren't so sad the way Sarah tiptoes around her wife. The boss just keeps tiptoeing around the fact that we need to hire more staff if we want to remain competitive.
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Now that Sam and Jason have finally kissed, it will be hard for them to go back to the route of holding in their feelings for one another, and what's to come on "General Hospital" in the next two weeks teases that they may no longer have to tiptoe around their love.
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For weekly readings call CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 You may have to tiptoe around a relationship.
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Whites often tiptoe around the subject, afraid of giving offense or uncertain what to say.
However, this issue is too important to tiptoe around.
The family heirloom which you know you must tiptoe around as the slightest chip in its hand-painted splendour would see its value - and your inheritance - plummet in value.
Rather than tiptoe around past hurts, she reveals that forgiveness doesn't forget but is instead a choice to value love more than justice.
Higher up sometimes you have to tiptoe around players because you want them to stay positive, but these boys accept that I'm telling them these things for their own good as well as the team.
There's no reason to tiptoe around Jerusalem in the current negotiations because a solution is there for the taking, is even sort of obvious, and has been obvious for many years.
In the current climate, where the police tiptoe around, terrified of infringing anyone's human rights, it's a brave copper who suspects somebody lumbering down the street in a burka might actually be a man and asks her/ him to take it off - if you don't mind, madam/sir.
Crius ran a good race and we'll probably sidestep the English Guineas with him and tiptoe around Europe.
IN RESPONSE to Paul Humphry's letter ("Liverpool fan was inviting trouble" You Say, March 2), I am heartily tired of being expected to lower my own expectations and aspirations in order to accommodate and tiptoe around the ever-falling levels of "acceptable behaviour".
This is not a cultural issue, it's an issue of abuse and while we tiptoe around it we are giving power to the perpetrators," she added.