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tread lightly

1. To walk carefully, so as not to disturb what is underfoot or nearby. This is rare alpine vegetation, so tread lightly. Tread lightly so you don't wake up the baby.
2. To be extra tactful in one's dealing with someone so as not to offend or aggravate. The boss is really irritable today, so if you have bad news for him, tread lightly. Tread lightly if you ask Mrs. Smith for extra credit—she usually gets annoyed with those requests.
See also: lightly, tread
References in classic literature ?
Again he was Tarzan of the Apes--every sense alert against the chance of surprise by some jungle enemy--yet treading lightly and with head erect, in proud consciousness of his might.
His small bundle of clothes was ready packed, and he was soon treading lightly on the steps of the horse-block, soon walking at a smart pace across the fields towards the thicket.
Treading lightly, and looking timidly over his shoulder, as if he apprehended a shower of something, even more formidable than words, the Doctor proceeded to the place which had been allotted to himself in the general disposition of the dormitories.
The design achieves a sensitive footprint, treading lightly upon both the river and the foreshores, with only two piers within the river.
Produce World struck gold for its entry into the Treading Lightly - Water category, and a highly commended award for its entry into the Championing British category.
This series, treading lightly on the wellmanicured lawn left in the wake of Ground Force, takes on a more altruistic approach that its popular predecessor.
Treading Lightly (Nina Wormbs), Dutch Public Service Broadcasting Between Bureaucratic Burden and Political Choice.
But Costco is treading lightly when it comes to the beer industry.
Treading lightly on the Earth: Ex-MG Rover executive Rob Ball (inset) and an endangered orangutang in Borneo.
Sveiby has written 12 books on business and management, so Treading Lightly is a significant departure for him.
on the Clarks Branch to Tunnel Mill Race project got together with the contractor on a nearby project to save time and money, while also treading lightly on the environment.
TREADING LIGHTLY In some instances, the nondestructive nature of radar and other geophysical technologies makes archaeology possible at sites that must remain untouched.
Commerce Center majority owner The Newhall Land and Farming Company, which has completed only about one-half of the planned 12 million square feet of office space, is treading lightly.
Less than two dozen people treading lightly, not thousands of pieces of machinery the size of houses, thousands more workers and thousands of tons of explosives, all ripping and digging away at some of the last wilderness left on the planet.
Founded in 1956, Shaklee has long prided itself on treading lightly on the planet.