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be treading on eggshells

To be acting with great care and consideration so as not to upset someone, some situation, etc. The littlest thing tends to anger my mother, so I feel like I'm always treading on eggshells whenever I'm at her house.
See also: eggshell, on, tread

be walking on eggshells

To be acting with great care and consideration so as not to upset someone. The littlest thing tends to anger my mother, so I feel like I'm always walking on eggshells whenever I'm at her house.
See also: eggshell, on, walking

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.
See also: eggshell, on, walk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

be treading on eggshells

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be walking on eggshells

If you are treading on eggshells or are walking on eggshells, you are being extremely careful about what you say or do because you do not want to upset or offend someone. She was so easily offended, I felt as if I was treading on eggshells the whole time. Everyone was walking on eggshells around him, just not knowing what his reaction was going to be. Note: You can also say that someone is treading on eggs or is walking on eggs. Living with you is like treading on eggs.
See also: eggshell, on, tread
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Mostly, though, eggshells' potential for health has remained untapped - until now.
Eggshell powder and EB@Ti[O.sub.2] samples were dispersed in Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO), before the administration to the cell line.
Tensile results obtained from testing the different composites (figure 2) showed very similar values of tensile strength and higher elongation at break with the addition of up to 20 phr of eggshells in combination with carbon black and silica.
Analysis shows that those eggshells still "contain minor amounts of eggshell pigment." That lingering amount suggests that evolution gradually reduced the pigment in their eggs because their brooding over their eggs reduced evolutionary pressure on egg-coloring genes.
As a multifunctional biomineral complex composed of highly structured calcium carbonate, proteins, and lipids and covered with a cuticle, the eggshell functions as a barrier against microbial invasion and provides mechanical strength [5].
Yeh, "Characterization and adsorption properties of eggshells and eggshell membrane," Bioresource Technology, vol.
Caption: Fossilized eggshells of the dinosaur Heyuannia huangi harbor pigments that would have colored the shells in shades of blue and brown.
"We have to start eating eggshells in lemon juice," he declares.
These genes are critical for synthesis of the eggshell, and defects in gene amplification result in eggs with thin, weak eggshells.
Eggshells are used in enormous quantities by food manufacturers restaurants and household and the shells are disposed of as solid waste.
Materials preparations: Sections (9 cm2) from the mid-region of 24 eggshells from a commercial strain (Ross 308) of chicken broiler breeders (Gallus gallus domesticus) at the age of 34 weeks, were collected on the 1st, 14th, 18th, and 21st day of incubation process at a hatchery localized in Mazovian Province, Poland.
However, eggshells don't break down well in our soil, so they're a topic of frustration.
It is compared to the X-ray diffractograms obtained for the samples synthesized from solid residues of eggshells. International patterns of indexation taken from the JCPDF 01-074-0565 database obtained from the "Inorganic crystal structure database" (ICSD) were considered for the X-ray diffraction analysis.
According with their chemical composition and layout of the components, Testudines eggshells may range from rigid and rough, with little potential for water and gas exchanges, to flexible, which depend much more on the external aqueous medium.