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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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In contrast, Attalah was treated with kid gloves, and -- without any exchange of Israeli spies -- was taken by an Egyptian embassy official to the border at Taba.
The immediate response from Councillor Len Lawrence, Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for children, was to call for the culprits to be treated with kid gloves, and spared any semblance of a custodial sentence.
Mark Lloyd, chief executive of Fish Legal, raised concerns about pollution monitoring, adding: "Llyn Padarn is a jewel in the wonderful Welsh landrespond scape and should be treated with kid gloves, not slapdash regulation and monitoring.
His comments will strike a note with a lot of people who believe that criminals in our society are treated with kid gloves.
Before that study, older people were treated with kid gloves with exercise.
Although the new HHS chief was generally treated with kid gloves by Ways and Means Committee members, more than one Republican questioned whether having a government-funded plan wasn't going to drive private insurers out of the market.
Of the next generation on show, you had to feel for Aaron Ramsey, currently being treated with kid gloves by both Arsene Wenger and Toshack.
It is not that Israel should be singled out for punitive measures, but that it should stop being treated with kid gloves and given diplomatic cover for acting above the law.
Players like Terry, Ronaldo, van Persie and Stevie G all seem to be treated with kid gloves by our so-called top officials.
SPRINGBOK skipper John Smit has sparked a huge row by alleging the All Blacks are treated with kid gloves by disciplinary chiefs.
They need to give out more custodial sentences, and offenders already in there should not be treated with kid gloves.
When some of these same employees break the law by using their position for financial gain, they are treated with kid gloves.
As to whether France is being treated with kid gloves, he said: "I try to be realistic.
Ditto for the other aforementioned dictators who, by and large, are treated with kid gloves (if not outright hugs and kisses) by the same media mavens who find Pinochet to be irredeemably odious.
It may have rarely shown the correct time in recent years, but the old Market Clock was treated with kid gloves as it was removed from the top of Victoria Buildings.