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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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They said the US government is now cautioning American universities against moving too fast and that the schools themselves are treading warily.
While there are reports that Mallya may up this offer, banks are treading warily on the issue.
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The People's Bank of China, or PBOC, is on the course of gentle policy easing to cushion the world's fastest-growing major economy against stiff global headwinds as Europe's debt crisis grinds on, although it has been treading warily.
Shippers and forwarders are treading warily, but overall signals are pointing to further growth in the coming months, albeit at a slower rate than last year, he observed.
Then again, you may find yourself treading warily around a sulky teen or a grumpy boss.
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Dr Chris Upton is treading warily at Newman University College in Birmingham.
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As a result of that setback he is treading warily and the plan is to have a good 10- rounder in Birmingham on February 23 against Vince Baldassara who was beaten by Elcock in the city last year.
Despite this popular mandate, Chavez had been treading warily, testing the possibilities for domestic- and foreign-policy reform cautiously.
Aberdeen are another club treading warily in the pay-packet jungle - they are stalling on the pounds 400,000 signing of Bulgarian star Ilian Kiriakov.
With the economy being held together with bubblegum and baling wire, businesses are treading warily and investments are waning; but web analytics is proving to be a light in the dark for companies seeking proven ways to increase revenues and decrease costs.
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