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"Walking a Tightrope" is a euphemism for needing to balance multiple tasks or please conflicting interests simulatenously. Often, failing these tasks will cause one harm or lead one to danger.

As an example, someone whose best friends are going through a bitter divorce, both of whom turn to her to complain about their partner's wrong-doings, would be walking an emotional tightrope while trying not to hurt either friend's feelings.

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a person who lives on the edge or dangerously. Someone who takes calculated risks.

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