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English definition of “tread carefully/gently/lightly”

tread carefully/gently/lightly

to speak or behave carefully to avoid upsetting or causing offence to anyone: The government know they have to tread carefully on this issue.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant
(Definition of tread carefully/gently/lightly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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