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Treading dangerous waters

DEFINITION

Near to calamity.  A treacherous circumstance. ‘Treading’ is typically used for keeping your head above water while swimming and implies being far to close to drowning. Attempt to overcome a very dangerous situation. (Compare to Dangerous territory, Skating on thin ice or Press  your luck.)

“When you asked her how old she is, you were treading dangerous waters.”

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