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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What makes 'Coco' important as well is its mature handling of mortality, a subject that has often been depicted, but tiptoed around in many animated films.
People have tiptoed around this for the past 15 years Maggie Oliver, a detective in the Rochdale child grooming case, defends Labour MP Sarah Champion who quit the shadow cabinet after saying that most of those involved in these cases were British Pakistanis Most pernicious falsehood from Stephen Hawking is the idea the Government wants a US-style insurance system.
Anastasiades tiptoed around a question on whether there was room for bridging the differences — mainly on fundamental issues — based on the positions tabled by the two sides.
SICK thieves tiptoed around a dying cancer patient to steal his medicine as he slept at home.
At the zoo, the animals had gone to sleep and we tiptoed around, staring in awe at the yawning white lion.
Conner tiptoed around a question about the decision by European rival Airbus, after the 787 groundings, to switch to nickel-cadmium batteries instead of ion-lithium for its new A350 being developed.
Even the couple's 12-year-old arthritic British bulldog, Jack, was undisturbed by the thieves who tiptoed around his 82-year-old mother-in-law's bed to search cupboards.
When he laughed, everyone laughed, when he was downcast, everyone tiptoed around trying to make as little noise as possible.
PAUL CASEY tiptoed around soggy Sandwich with a dodgy foot and carded a 78 after failing to claim a birdie all day.
Rosika was a well-backed favourite and Louis-Philippe Beuzelin rode a confident race in the 1m2f feature handicap after the field had tiptoed around the tricky home bend in the greasy conditions.
The World Health Organization's Margaret Chan has tiptoed around the topic.
He has tiptoed around the world stage in vain efforts to resolve global crises.
After all, this is the man who has tiptoed around the fringes on madness, burning down his legendary Black Ark studio, a shack that coughed out musical alchemy, in Kingston in the early 80s after it all got a bit too much.
John Kerry had previously tiptoed around the Bush folks.
Two burglars who tiptoed around a sleeping woman in her Teesside home before driving off in her Mercedes car were each jailed for five years yesterday.