tread lightly

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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.
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Scott, treads lightly when it comes to confronting women's roles in Saudi society.
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Saying that the key to wise government intervention in the economy is not more regulation, but making it so that the governmental impact on the economy treads lightly but still has a profound impact where it counts.
On the political side Fleming treads lightly saving most of his analysis for the epilogue.
Bergman treads lightly around his principal thesis, which is: The Bush administration is bullying journalists who report that which it doesn't want reported.
New embassies are often an opportunity for bombastic expressions of national identity, but this new building treads lightly and thoughtfully in response to the particular context of Maputo.
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Engelman relates this history in considerable detail, though he treads lightly when discussing the original Pacificans' politics.
Nonetheless, he treads lightly, seeking at every turn to transform obstacle into opportunity.
We truly believe you can operate a thriving business that treads lightly on our environment.
Made with the cooperation of the filmmakers, the documentary treads lightly on ``Pearl Harbor's'' inaccuracies.