walk on eggshells

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
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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.