tiptoe around - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theytiptoe around
he/she/ittiptoes around
present participletiptoeing around
past tensetiptoed around
past participletiptoed around
  1. 1
    tiptoe around something to avoid dealing directly with a problem

    The government should stop tiptoeing around the issue of health care.

  2. 2
    tiptoe around someone to be very careful about how you behave towards someone because you are afraid of offending or annoying them
See also main entry: tiptoe