be walking on eggshells

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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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DECLAN Devine insists Derry City will be treading on eggshells when they visit Kildare County tomorrow.
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The Government will be treading on eggshells when it changes the Incapacity Benefit system in 2008.