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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On the occasions when miscreants are brought before the courts, the tendency is to treat them with kid gloves.
We do not treat them with kid gloves, there is no safe haven here," Valte said.
It never ceases to amaze me that we pay a lot of money for seeds, cosset them in a warm greenhouse and treat them with kid gloves just to get them to grow but nature in its raw form does this without any help from us.
Perhaps he has taken a leaf out of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's book: hit the opposition during an election campaign, but treat them with kid gloves and magnanimity afterwards.
Often, when men write for women, they put the female characters on pedestals and treat them with kid gloves, but women on their own take the mickey out of each other all the time.
The worker added: "We are dealing with murderers and rapists and yet we are expected to treat them with kid gloves.
They (the authorities) just don't see people like Hughes as criminals and they treat them with kid gloves.
Do what you want, kill people and treat them with kid gloves - do I teach them that in the morning?
They treat them with kid gloves but it has been shown again and again that relaxed regimes are no help to society as a whole.
As I quickly found out, to drive these cars well, at first you have to treat them with kid gloves and coax them gently to respond.