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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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.