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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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  • "You're well enough paid," said the other, drawing on a kid glove.

    Ben, the Luggage Boy; Horatio Alger
  • It is done thus: You procure a kid glove, and cut it down as before.

    The Art of Amusing Frank Bellew
  • A good drum can also be made of an old (dressed) kid glove or shoe.

  • Every bit of Eskimo skin-clothing is as soft and pliable as a kid glove.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • She drew from her bosom a kid glove, stained and stiff with blood.

    The Fatal Glove

    Clara Augusta Jones Trask
  • Many a hand moulded by nature to give elegance of form to a kid glove, is "stinted of its fair proportion" by grubbing toil.

  • A splendid story of the political game, with a son of the soil on the one side, and a "kid glove" politician on the other.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • The eye-peduncles are peculiar in being invertible in the same manner that a kid glove finger is pulled inside out.

  • The most popular orange is the tangerine, or kid glove orange as it is sometimes called; many of these are exported.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan
  • A gentleman's kid glove, pale-brown in color, and considerably soiled with wear.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for kid glove

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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