tread a fine line between (something)

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tread a fine line between (something)

To navigate or strike a balance between two sides, positions, or approaches to something, especially when trying to avoid one of them. The film treads a fine line between parody and homage. As a new parent, you have to tread a fine line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective.
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R3 Midlands chairman Richard Philpott, a partner at KPMG in the region, said: "Whilst a significant number of businesses continue to tread a fine line between insolvency and survival, these figures are certainly encouraging.
Like many European countries, France must tread a fine line between cutting the debts that dragged them into the financial crisis and investing in the economy to spur growth.
Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty play elite bomb disposal officers who tread a fine line between life and death in Iraq.
The Emirates has to tread a fine line between East and West but also has some pretty tough neighbors in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
By playing with the dictates of the Arcadian tradition, Ya'ari's images tread a fine line between reality and escape, offering up a kind of damaged utopia.