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walk on eggshells

To act with great care and consideration so as not to upset someone. The littlest thing tends to anger my mother, so I feel like I have to walk on eggshells whenever I'm at her house.
See also: eggshell, on, walk

walk on eggshells

1. Fig. to walk very carefully; to take steps gingerly. Since he stumbled and fell against the china cabinet, Bill has been walking on eggshells.
2. Fig. to be very diplomatic and inoffensive. I was walking on eggshells trying to explain the remark to her without offending her further.
See also: eggshell, on, walk

walk on eggshells

to try very hard not to upset someone or something Everyone at the company was walking on eggshells until we heard that no one would be fired.
Etymology: based on the idea that eggshells are easily broken
See also: eggshell, on, walk

be walking/treading on eggshells

if you are walking on eggshells, you are trying very hard not to upset someone
Usage notes: An eggshell is the hard outside covering of an egg which breaks very easily.
It was like walking on eggshells with my father. The smallest thing would make him angry.
See also: eggshell, on, walking
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To address these issues, an alternative way had been studied to characterize potential mineral such as CaO from eggshells.
A variety of factors, such as crypsis or brood parasitism, likely influenced the evolution of the current diversity of eggshell colors from the ancestral white shell (Kilner 2006), and a recent hypothesis suggests that sexual selection could also have played a role (Moreno and Osomo 2003).
2+] from aqueous solution onto the eggshells were carried out using batch equilibrium techniques.
But by analyzing the size, shape and texture of the eggshells, the team was able to deduce which animals left those eggs so long ago.
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Eggshells were collected from Andhra University College of Engineering hostels, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
The eggshells were engraved by the Howiesons Poort culture, African hunter-gatherers.
but I'm not sure it pays off: The work seems most intent on that moment of dislocation when we realize that an apparent skeleton is actually a figurative sculpture, just as, in Point, an apparent chiseled arrowhead is actually eggshell.
As far as the eggshells, wash them off with some slightly soapy water, let them drain and thoroughly dry before you store them for your craft projects.
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YOU WILL NEED: 3 empty eggshells (bottom halves) Felt-tip markers 3 small jar lids Glue 1 cup potting soil 1/8 cup grass seed DIRECTIONS: 1.
Here contributors from North America, Asia and Europe describe recent advances in the use of bioactive egg components, giving the structure and chemical composition of eggs, the biosynthesis and structural assembly of eggshell components, the bioavailability and physiological function of eggshells and eggshell membranes, bioactive components in egg white and egg yokes, egg-related allergens, production of novel proteins in chicken eggs, and future perspectives for the egg products industry.
EGGSHELLS are the canvas of choice for a Bootle supermarket worker turned artist who discovered a talent for engraving.