treat (someone or something) with kid gloves

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treat (someone or something) with kid gloves

To handle with very gentle care, often to the point of coddling. Kid gloves are very soft leather gloves, typically made from the skin of a young goat (a "kid"). I can't stand the way my family always treats my younger brother with kid gloves, trying to protect him from every little thing! We'll need to treat the two parties in the merger with kid gloves—both clients are extremely sensitive.
See also: glove, kid, treat

treat someone with kid gloves


handle someone with kid gloves

If you treat someone with kid gloves or handle them with kid gloves, you treat them very carefully, for example because they are very important or because they are easily upset. Some artists have to be handled with kid gloves and apparently Jake thinks Lotte is one of them. This is someone that you will have to treat with kid gloves. Note: Occasionally, people say that they treat or handle something with kid gloves, to mean that they are very careful about it. Even in presidential campaigns, foreign policy is treated with kid gloves. Note: Kid gloves is used in other structures and expressions where you are describing how carefully someone is being treated. We must take off the kid gloves and smash these evil monsters once and for all. They accused him of using kid gloves to deal with violence and intimidation. Note: People sometimes use this expression when they want to suggest that they do not think this kind of treatment is right or necessary. Note: Kid is very soft leather.
See also: glove, kid, someone, treat

handle, treat, etc. somebody with kid ˈgloves

treat somebody very carefully and gently because you do not want to upset them or make them angry: She is so easily upset that I feel I have to treat her with kid gloves all the time.
Kid gloves are made of very soft leather from the skin of a kid (= a young goat).
See also: glove, kid, somebody
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"We'll treat her with kid gloves, but I shall be very surprised if she doesn't win a race." The name is Chaquiras, and she's one of 94 horses in the ever-burgeoning Johnston establishment owned by Sheikh Mohammed, if you include the Gainsborough Stud wing of his global operation.
You treat her with kid gloves when she deserves scorn.
"I thought she was well handicapped but she is pretty hyper and you have to treat her with kid gloves all the time," he added.
Don't treat her with kid gloves the whole time and don't avoid normal, day-to-day constructive conflict.
The snooty rag, edited by pint-sized Old Etonian Charles Moore, gleefully published details of the memo which showed that scriptwriters have been asked to treat her with kid gloves.