walk a tightrope
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British pronunciation/wˈɔːk ɔː tɹˈɛd ɐ tˈaɪtɹəʊp/
American pronunciation/wˈɔːk ɔːɹ tɹˈɛd ɐ tˈaɪtɹoʊp/
to walk a tightrope
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to be in a situation where one has to be careful about every decision they make because even one mistake can pose a great risk

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What is the origin of the idiom "walk a tightrope" and when to use it?

The idiom "walk a tightrope" draws its origin from the world of circus performance, where acrobats and tightrope walkers demonstrate their remarkable balance and skill by walking on a thin, elevated rope. Figuratively, it is often used to describe the delicate art of maintaining a balance between two opposing or challenging forces.

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The CEO had to walk a tightrope when announcing layoffs, trying to maintain employee morale while addressing budget constraints.
In a complex legal case, the attorney had to tread a tightrope between defending the client vigorously and seeking a fair settlement.
As a diplomat, he had to tread a tightrope between the conflicting interests of two rival nations.
Managing a diverse team can be like walking a tightrope, as the leader must balance different personalities and work styles.
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