tread a thin line between (something)

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tread a thin 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 thin line between parody and homage. As a new parent, you have to tread a thin line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective.
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Treading a thin line between hilarity and morality, the production explores the themes of the novel in juxtaposition with the perceptions of The Victorian Freak Show.
However, the country is currently treading a thin line between usage and capacity.
He always seemed to be treading a thin line between genius and madness, but Gazza was lucky to find a manager in Walter Smith who was savvy enough to exert enough control over him that he rewarded the club with something like 40 goals in 100 games.
Placing up to six large-scale gaming houses in one geographical area is a controversial idea unlikely to appeal to the Government, which is already treading a thin line on the emotive issue of American-style casinos.