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.
See also: around, tiptoe
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They go from a world that is filled with constant jiggling, constant holding, warm water, constant noise that is louder than a vacuum to this world where we think we need to tiptoe around them and be very quiet.
As we tiptoe around them, the bags - apparently rigged to motion sensors - start to writhe and twitch, with an anguished individuality that rebukes our hurried disinterest.