tread carefully

tread carefully

To delicately handle or approach a situation in order not to upset or worsen the current circumstances, which may be precarious. Tread carefully when you ask Mom whether she's going to the party. She's been acting weird about it. We need to start treading carefully when it comes to our diplomacy—we can't afford to alienate any allies.
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tread ˈcarefully, ˈwarily, etc.

be very careful about what you do or say: The government will have to tread very carefully in handling this issue. OPPOSITE: throw caution to the wind(s)
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Well, that is really a hit about the gates," said Sir James, anxious to tread carefully.
He, however, said that Pakistan needs to tread carefully in its engagement with the US.
Speaking to the media, Shah, however, said that Pakistan needs to tread carefully in its engagement with the US.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said on Wednesday the government should tread carefully on allowing a Chinese telecommunications company from being the third player in the country, asking it looked into the 'security aspect' of it first.
Tread carefully and seek advice from a specialist legal firm.
Britain must tread carefully as that country's one-time colonial occupier, but the offer of financial support from the PS12billion international aid budget to restore health and education and revive a ruined economy gives us a potential role to play in what is hopefully a brighter future for Zimbabwe.
The Sky-high Tilt Attraction on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center | | Tread carefully on the 'Step into the Void' installation, a glass box that hangs off the edge of the Aiguille du Midi mountain, 3,300-feet up in the French Alps (Tiny.
EFE AMBROSE will need to tread carefully if he gets on the pitch against Malmo tonight as he is just one yellow card away from a ban.
Like the Liverpool trio, Everton's Steven Naismith has also collected four cautions this season and must tread carefully.
Reform is fine - but only if we tread carefully before sending lords a-leaping for the high jump.
Now the Kingdom has finally decided to open its doors for tourists, it must tread carefully and invest heavily on training of human resources.
While the Patriots made only 17 touchdown yards in their 23-21 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, they were a hugely productive team last year averaging five points more than any other NFL team, so anyone selling match TD yards at 83 should tread carefully.
But young people should tread carefully around their elders this day for it's the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first show in the region.
ECB policymaker Juergen Stark left little doubt more eurozone rate hikes were on the agenda, even as the International Monetary Fund urged the bank to tread carefully to help contain the region's debt woes.
However, PM, Yousaf Raza Gilani has simply brushed aside the issue, providing no concrete assurances to his demanding cabinet, while ministers Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira, Babar Ghaouri and many others have strongly rejected this demand, citing the harsh and cruel reality of historically impending flood disaster, and any such luxurious and lavish move would raise a media and public furor; a logic strongly adhered to by PM, who has decided to tread carefully over the matter.