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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
The Palace said it was not treading lightly on the issue of celebrities involved in illegal drugs.
5 -- Ever since Facebook was caught employing lax data protection policies for its customer's information, the company has been treading lightly. Their goodwill with the people is on thin ice, which is probably why the company delayed the launch of its smart speaker.
As such, the analyst views the stock's risk/reward into Q1 earnings as "less than favorable," and recommends "treading lightly" into the quarter given the risk posed by the delayed signing.
Treading lightly: Waitrose sustainable approach to temperature controlled transport.
Byttow explained that he is currently "treading lightly" and wants to build the "right" app the second time around.
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.
"Treading Lightly: The Joy of Conservation, Moderation, and Simple Living" is a call to solving the world's energy and environmental issues by simply living a simpler and more Earth-friendly life.