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.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • tread 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

  • tread a thin line between (something) — tread a fine/thin line between (something) if someone treads a fine line between a good quality and a bad quality, they succeed in having only the good quality. Somehow he manages to tread that fine line between honesty and tactlessness …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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. Main entry: ↑lineidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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