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

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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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"He's not soft, he's a very good horse, but we've always had to treat him with kid gloves," the trainer said.
We need to treat him with kid gloves but he's one who is chomping at the bit.
"You have to treat him with kid gloves, but he's plenty fit for Sunday."
'Let him rant' 'He is a joker' 'No one listens to him' is the common refrain, as we treat him with kid gloves -- allowing him license to spread venom time and again.
"We will monitor his situation and treat him with kid gloves to make sure he gets through the preseason period."
Only Pietersen's team-mates and England management will know whether they need to treat him with kid gloves, or otherwise, to try to help him reach his full potential.
Only Pietersen's teammates and England management will know whether they need to treat him with kid gloves, or otherwise, to try to help him reach his full potential.
The police know him well and now treat him with kid gloves because of the noise he invariably makes.
"Sometimes after training his knee swells up and we have to make sure we treat him with kid gloves and give him the best possible chance of getting back fit again."
But Fenlon will treat him with kid gloves for the moment as he sits exams in college.
WONDER KID Chris Maguire today insisted Jimmy Calderwood is right to treat him with kid gloves.
Iestyn harris last night warned Wales against proclaiming Gavin Henson as Welsh rugby's new 'Messiah' - and pleaded: 'You must treat him with kid gloves.'
Francis will treat him with kid gloves until he has fully regained fitness but hopes to give him a reserve run-out.
Bridger added: "We'll treat him with kid gloves, as like all of us the older he gets the more aches he has.
"I would probably treat him with kid gloves first and foremost, play him in two or three games and allow Carl Ikeme to go out on loan.