be treading on eggshells

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be treading 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 treading on eggshells whenever I'm at her house.
See also: eggshell, on, tread

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
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You want everybody fit, you want to have a look at them but at the moment that is very diffi-cult and awkward to train because you are treading on eggshells.
When he's sober he is fine but we feel like we are treading on eggshells all the time waiting for him to turn.
While the country is in mourning and officials in all walks of public life are treading on eggshells in exhaustive efforts to avoid offending national feelings, the bold Jim blunders in with both feet.