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Handle with kid gloves


(Old fashioned) Handle delicately. Be gentle with someone in a situation that might require more severe actions. ‘Kid gloves’ is a thin material that allows one to almost feel an item picked up, so this phrase advises to be very careful when dealing with someone or something. (Compare to Pins and needles.)

“The boss is mad today, so when you ask for a raise, treat him with kid gloves.”

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