tiptoe around

phrasal verb

tiptoed around; tiptoeing around; tiptoes around
: to avoid talking about (something) : to talk about (something) only in an indirect way
They tiptoed around the subject of her poor health.

Examples of tiptoe around in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take a break from tiptoeing around them and just stand up to ask them what's on their mind! Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 Wray’s response tiptoed around the question but provided a rare insight into how the FBI has used location data to surveil Americans without any court oversight. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 9 Mar. 2023 The governor has also tiptoed around slamming Trump, who remains well-liked among most Bluegrass State voters. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, 8 Jan. 2024 There’s no room to pity the gazelles who must tiptoe around him. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2 Dec. 2023 But after months in which the candidates mostly appeared to tiptoe around Trump, the attacks have sharpened, most notably with two new entrants — former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2023 Refusing to tiptoe around her is an appropriate course of action regardless. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 Conversation, sometimes playful, tiptoed around the tragedy. Anumita Kaur, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023 NBCUniversal parent Comcast tiptoes around strike amid profit gains. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023

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“Tiptoe around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiptoe%20around. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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