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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The au courant neoliberal slogan "Now more than ever" has a confessional tone for those who know how to listen for euphemism: "Now [that fascism directly affects me, I recognize injustice] more than [I] ever [have before]." This rallying cry tiptoes around the giant elephant of white supremacy, which, through phrases like "the politics of the everyday," reveals the tautology of its violent banality.
Summary: Obama's long-awaited Afghanistan strategy review amounts to little more than a whitewash of the seemingly intractable problems that have trapped the mighty American military in a quagmire.The report trumpets security gains, Afghani capacity-building and drawdown plans, but it tiptoes around - if not willfully ignoring - the reality in Afghanistan
As the Government plays the rather expensive "green" card by attempting to have windmills built all over the country and - once again - tiptoes around the "nuclear issue", the Nuclear Industry Association had some interesting things to say.
In some of his discussion he tiptoes around issues standing in the way of peace--issues of which he seems to be well aware.
CORK star Kevin O'Dwyer has been on tiptoes around boss Billy Morgan all week.
Strangely, McFeely tiptoes around Martha Stewart, arguably the best-known cook to modern audiences.