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Walk a fine line

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. al:


In line

Line in the Sand

On Line

Toe the Line

The bottom line

Draw the line

Read between the lines

In the 80s people would "do lines".