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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Speaking with startling bluntness on an issue so delicate that diplomats have tiptoed around it for years, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he had warned China's top leaders that the United States would intervene militarily if Taiwan was attacked.