tread lightly

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tread lightly (third-person singular simple present treads lightly, present participle treading lightly, simple past trod lightly, past participle trodden lightly)

  1. (idiomatic) To proceed carefully; especially, to seek to avoid causing offense.
    He's in a bad mood today, so you might want to tread lightly if you talk to him.