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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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Perhaps feelings are so hurt and resentments so intense that father and daughter are both treading carefully. But it would be great to see them beat that.
The 2015 Footballer of the Year ruptured his cruciate knee ligament minutes into Dublin's All-Ireland final win over Mayo last September and though he hopes to see action again in this year's Championship, he's treading carefully.
TREADING CAREFULLY: Tranmere midfielder John Mullin and (inset) his teammate Paul McClaren, who has collected eight bookings
TREADING carefully is a way of business for Oldbury manufacturer of healthcare products Cuxson Gerrard.
Treading carefully, gently, city lights, still enchanting
He is treading carefully, as some armed groups have close ties to political groups, including leading players in his own ruling Alliance.
Treading carefully in the minefield of local politics, where a false step could be fatal to both the orphanage and its personnel, Jenkins obtained some funds from patrician Southerners, as well as support from black churches.
TREADING CAREFULLY. TRC primarily makes rubber mats for trailers, gyms and rinks as well as rubber sidewalk blocks.
And treading carefully is not a Souness characteristic.
They also suggest treading carefully in a communally surcharged society.
The reason was that the winner is owned by the 100-strong Newbury Racehorse Owners' Group, although trainer Nicky Henderson was treading carefully as he had also sent out beaten favourite and Elite Racing Club-owned Iambe de la See, ridden by stable jockey Mick Fitzgerald.
Treading carefully between pro-Israeli members of US Congress and some governments that want Israel to withdraw from East Jerusalem, Powell declines to take a position on the current status of the city.
TREADING CAREFULLY: Parish councillor Bill Turner (left) and parish clerk Brian Yeates beside the new footpath which will make trips to the post office safer.
Cecchi Gori is treading carefully with the reissue, only booking into theaters able to guarantee a continued run through the March 21 awards ceremony.
She's treading carefully as he seems like quite a wild one.