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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 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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stocks rose Friday, marking the third straight week of market gains, as investors warily watch continuing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, along with the start of a two-day meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers in Paris.
The video shows six soldiers patrolling as a Muslim call to prayer is heard, warily scanning their surroundings.
Sharjah Repeated power outages have wrecked electrical appliances in residential buildings, and families are warily bracing themselves for another outage.
Other demonstrators -- from grandmothers to schoolchildren -- unfurled an enormous Russian flag and waved placards demanding fair elections as lines of riot police watched over warily.
Goths and vampyres warily tread, near where the Griffin lays his head.
With the bearing of a military man, Liverpool Police Constable Arthur Hall inspects this Austin FX3 cab's interior for cleanliness, while the owner, Mr M Hooking, warily looks on at the Williamson Square taxi rank, in October, 1958.
South Korea's first space rocket blasted off yesterday, carrying a scientific satellite in a launch likely to boost its nascent space programme that is being warily monitored by North Korea.
On the other there are concerns about how the industry can remain profitable: with job losses at Amgen and other big pharma/ biotech companies the question of profitability rests heavily on company boards, many with nervous shareholders looking warily over their shoulder.
Properties that were shunned or eyed warily by those with the resources to transform them are now viewed as dormant opportunities for economic and environmental rebirth.
COQUILLE - Commissioners from counties across Oregon that are dependent on federal timber payments reacted warily to the news that they might get a year's extension of the payments.
Tess warily seeks to solve this problem by signing on with an internet dating service and all of a sudden the men she dates are ending up dead.
Independent retailers will greet the news warily, worried that border controls are now so light that a black market in excised goods might cause them serious commercial damage.
Yet for all the similarities, the Studio Museum itself seems somewhat ambivalent about explicitly linking the two shows; witness the introductory wall text, which lauds the achievements of the exhibition at the same time that it warily forecasts that "Frequency" will be "commonly misconstrued as 'Freestyle II.
CRAIG BREWSTER last night admitted he'll tread warily in the summer transfer market - because he doesn't want to sign a big-time Charlie who'll wreck Caley's dressing room.
After months of negotiations, the friction between the two sides was so intense--final wording was agreed to only that morning--that despite the glowing, smiling photographs of Begin, Sadat, and Carter interlocking their hands and their talk of peace, many Israelis and Egyptians regarded the treaty warily.