walk a fine line

walk/tread a fine/thin line idiom
to be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake

He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • walk a fine line — If you have to walk a fine line, you have to be very careful not to annoy or anger people or groups that are competing. ( Walk a thin line is an alternative.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • walk a fine line —    If you have to walk a fine line, you have to be very careful not to annoy or anger people or groups that are competing. ( Walk a thin line is an alternative.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • walk a thin line — (between (something)) to balance two competing ideas or groups. The diplomats knew they had to walk a fine line between the rebel groups and the government …   New idioms dictionary

  • walk a thin line — walk/tread a fine/thin line idiom to be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake • He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude. Main entry: ↑lineidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • walk a thin line between something — walk a thin line (between (something)) to balance two competing ideas or groups. The diplomats knew they had to walk a fine line between the rebel groups and the government …   New idioms dictionary

  • walk a thin line between — walk a thin line (between (something)) to balance two competing ideas or groups. The diplomats knew they had to walk a fine line between the rebel groups and the government …   New idioms dictionary

  • tread a fine line — walk/tread a fine/thin line idiom to be in a difficult or dangerous situation where you could easily make a mistake • He was walking a fine line between being funny and being rude. Main entry: ↑lineidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Walk the Line — Infobox Film name = Walk the Line producer = James Keach Cathy Konrad director = James Mangold writer = Gill Dennis James Mangold starring = Joaquin Phoenix nowrap|Reese Witherspoon Ginnifer Goodwin Robert Patrick music = T Bone Burnett… …   Wikipedia

  • line — I UK [laɪn] / US noun Word forms line : singular line plural lines *** 1) [countable] a long thin mark on the surface of something Draw a straight line. Each horizontal line on the graph represents fifteen minutes. a) a long thin mark on the… …   English dictionary

  • line — n. long, thin mark 1) to draw a line 2) a broken; contour; crooked; curved; dotted; fine, thin; heavy, thick; horizontal; parallel; perpendicular; solid, unbroken; straight; vertical; wavy line queue (AE) 3) to form a line 4) to buck ( push into… …   Combinatory dictionary

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