tread warily

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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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With many Rangers fans holding off on the buying of season tickets until the outcome of Thursday's CVA decision, Green treaded warily on the subject of bringing in investment through the re-naming of Ibrox Stadium - but he admitted the feelers are out, with a figure of pounds 10m being mentioned.