tread warily

tread warily

To delicately handle or approach a situation in order not to upset or worsen the current circumstances, which may be precarious. Tread warily when you ask Mom whether she's going to the party. She's been acting weird about it. We need to start treading warily 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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References in classic literature ?
He was a much smaller man than the athlete, and doubtless was conscious that he must tread warily.
Although the derogatory remarks of Senator Hashmi, Chaudhry or Aziz can in no way be sensitised, an argument can always be made on the premise that the Supreme Court should tread warily, especially in politically-charged contexts, when handing out punishment for contemptuous remarks.
The new Ross County gaffer loves the Highland town but always felt Victoria Park was a venue to tread warily in as a player.
Conclusion The undulations and likely soft ground are enough to tread warily.
NIMBLE A Light in weight B Agile C Tread warily who am I?
nz, Vettori, while making great strides in his recovery from a second operation on an Achilles tendon injury, still wants to tread warily for a while yet.
So Wales needs to tread warily over the issue of tax-levying powers.
Everyone should tread warily when it comes to this dangerous issue, and in western democratic states the secular state should be protected, and politics kept distant from religion.
It does not make poetry easier to write or to read, for it is necessary to tread warily on broken ground.
The whole family needed to tread warily on Friday as Tina and her two teenage sons were all born on April Fools' Day, which beat odds of 48 MILLION to 1.
Wracked by guilt from festive over-indulgence you tread warily towards the weighing scales that herald the start of another diet and fitness campaign.
They also may be looking to get round the new rate of tax, but I would strongly advise them to tread warily because the taxman will not sit idly by and let aggressive arrangements go unchallenged," he added.
While Congress will tread warily while the financial crisis lasts, hoping the elixir works, you can bet it will eventually investigate this brave new Fed world.
30am, the state of the new pitch that forces players to tread warily, and the pressure on Blues contributed to a below-par showing.