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kid glove

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noun
  1. a glove made of kid leather.
Idioms
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for kid glove

Historical Examples

  • Now, I wonder what that kid-glove crook has against the boy!

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • Life, as her brother had prophesied, was no kid-glove affair.

    Big Timber

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • He was a little too high-handed in his smooth, kid-glove way.

    Big Timber

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • He owns entire the manufactory of the celebrated Alexandre kid-glove.

  • No wonder he wrote bitter words of the kid-glove geographers, who criticized him, and the press that jeered at him.

    Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa</p>

    Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for kid glove

kid glove

noun
  1. a glove made of kidskin
  2. handle with kid gloves to treat with great tact or caution
adjective kidglove
  1. overdelicate or overrefined
  2. diplomatic; tactfula kidglove approach
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