treat (someone or something) with kid gloves

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treat (someone or something) with kid gloves

To handle with very gentle care, often to the point of coddling. Kid gloves are very soft leather gloves, typically made from the skin of a young goat (a "kid"). I can't stand the way my family always treats my younger brother with kid gloves, trying to protect him from every little thing! We'll need to treat the two parties in the merger with kid gloves—both clients are extremely sensitive.
See also: glove, kid, treat

treat someone with kid gloves

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handle someone with kid gloves

If you treat someone with kid gloves or handle them with kid gloves, you treat them very carefully, for example because they are very important or because they are easily upset. Some artists have to be handled with kid gloves and apparently Jake thinks Lotte is one of them. This is someone that you will have to treat with kid gloves. Note: Occasionally, people say that they treat or handle something with kid gloves, to mean that they are very careful about it. Even in presidential campaigns, foreign policy is treated with kid gloves. Note: Kid gloves is used in other structures and expressions where you are describing how carefully someone is being treated. We must take off the kid gloves and smash these evil monsters once and for all. They accused him of using kid gloves to deal with violence and intimidation. Note: People sometimes use this expression when they want to suggest that they do not think this kind of treatment is right or necessary. Note: Kid is very soft leather.
See also: glove, kid, someone, treat

handle, treat, etc. somebody with kid ˈgloves

treat somebody very carefully and gently because you do not want to upset them or make them angry: She is so easily upset that I feel I have to treat her with kid gloves all the time.
Kid gloves are made of very soft leather from the skin of a kid (= a young goat).
See also: glove, kid, somebody
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I still believe that not pursuing cases against Marcos and treating him with kid gloves is a wasted opportunity for the Administration to show and prove to the international community and their critics that it will not stand for abusive policemen and those who do shortcuts in violation of existing law in the performance of their duties,' he said.
He missed the first few games with an injury and we're still treating him with kid gloves but he's a fantastic asset to any club.
John Carver's love-bombing of Alan Pardew illustrated some of the problems of continuing with the interim manager - the players might be treating him with kid gloves but the noises coming from the away end on Wednesday have set the agenda.
It's all about treating him with kid gloves and hoping the wheels stay on.
Kennedy knew he was on the way back as early as pre-season when his team-mates stopped treating him with kid gloves.
We're delighted he's making his first appearance in Belfast and obviously we'll be treating him with kid gloves - even though he's given up boxing we wouldn't want to upset him.
We're treating him with kid gloves at the minute because he's that important.
But we'll be treating him with kid gloves to make sure wedoeverythingwecantoget himback safely.
Will has come back from a 16-month, knee-injury layoff - but Michael will not be treating him with kid gloves any more.