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kid glove

a glove made of kid leather.
handle with kid gloves, to treat with extreme tact or gentleness:
He's upset, so handle him with kid gloves today.
Origin of kid glove
First recorded in 1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Politics in this part of the country can't be played with kid gloves.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • All these trials he has been spared; he has collected with kid gloves.

    The Book-Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • Some gentlemen don't know how to put on kid gloves at all, but some do.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Why, I've seen them go out in frock-coats and tall hats and kid gloves.

    Littlebourne Lock F. Bayford Harrison
  • A lean old man with kid gloves and a top-hat entered the shop.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • "What I need most is a pair o' kid gloves," said Shif'less Sol.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for kid gloves

kid glove

a glove made of kidskin
handle with kid gloves, to treat with great tact or caution
overdelicate or overrefined
diplomatic; tactful: a kidglove approach
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with kid gloves

kid gloves

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