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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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.