tread/walk a fine/thin line

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walk a thin line

To navigate or strike a balance between two sides, positions, or approaches to something, especially when trying to avoid one of them. The film walks a thin line between parody and homage. As a new parent, you have to walk a thin line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective.
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tread/walk a fine/thin ˈline

be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake: He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude.
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Successful management must tread a thin line between too little and too much disturbance," says Allison Cusick of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Savvy enough to talk business, technical enough to talk hardware, he has to tread a thin line between personal sensitivity and business objectives.