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tightropenoun [C]

uk   /ˈtaɪt.rəʊp/ us   /ˈtaɪt.roʊp/
a tightly stretched wire or rope fixed high above the ground, across which skilled people walk, especially in order to entertain others: One of the acrobats who walked the tightrope at the circus did it blindfolded.
(Definition of tightrope from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tightropenoun [C]

us   /ˈtɑɪtˌroʊp/
(Definition of tightrope from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tightrope" in Business English

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tightropenoun [C]

uk   /ˈtaɪtrəʊp/ us  
walk/tread a tightrope
to consider carefully the decisions or risks that you take in order to deal successfully with a difficult situation: Increasing numbers of employers are having to walk a tightrope between immigration laws and laws relating to discrimination.
(Definition of tightrope from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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