walk on eggshells

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.
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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 ˈeggshells

be very careful not to upset somebody: I always felt as if I had to walk on eggshells around him so that I wouldn’t hurt his feelings.
See also: eggshell, on, walk
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Secondly, you'll be perceived as someone who "can't handle the truth," around whom everyone else must walk on eggshells.
They don't go around constantly being self-destructive, nor do people have to walk on eggshells around them.
Your co-workers dare not debate you, and your friends walk on eggshells so as not to upset you.