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An expression meaning to tread very carefully around something, usually used in the sense of avoiding a topic of conversation, but it can also mean being very cautious in general.

For example:

After the death of Patty's husband, everyone was walking on eggshells around the subject with her.

After being elected by a very narrow margin, President Gush (Bore?) was walking on eggshells in creating policy, trying to please everyone.

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