Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 14, 2002
In Reply to: Walk a fine line posted by TheFallen on August 14, 2002
: : Hi, I'm new here. Can you tell the meaning of "walk a fine line"? I encountered this in a newspaper this morning, and I couldn't find it in the dictionary. Thanks.
: It means to steer a risky and difficult course between two policies... to be so near the edge of one that you risk falling into another less desirable one. All of which is a pretty unclear definition, so maybe an example might help.
: "With his current policy approach towards Iraq, President Bush walks a fine line between the interests of national security and those of warmongering."
: The metaphor's from tightrope walking, I'd guess.
Line in the Sand
Toe the Line
The bottom line
Draw the line
Read between the lines
In the 80s people would "do lines".