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 report trumpets security gains, Afghani capacity-building and drawdown plans, but it tiptoes around - if not willfully ignoring - the reality in Afghanistan
But despite the artist's attention to the physics of load bearing, the stacks seem fragile unto absurdity; one tiptoes around them, barely breathing.
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.
While ``Mole'' tiptoes around its participants' diminished status in the entertainment world, the WB specifically seeks out has-beens with a degree of ignominy and wallows in their scandal or cheesiness.