walk on eggshells

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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.
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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 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