handle with gloves
Also, handle with kid gloves. Treat with great or very gently, as in She has a terrible temper, so try to handle her with kid gloves. This usage probably alludes to the antonym, handle without gloves, meaning “to treat harshly.” Gloves made of kidskin, the hide of a young goat, are soft and pliable, whence the transfer to delicate treatment. [Second half of 1800s]
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He wore white gloves, a dignified long black coat, and matching pants and vest, and he carried a dark walking stick.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.
One difference was that Chen was herself wearing white gloves.
Yet, what my peers do not realize – or cannot handle – is that rejection is a necessary part of forging a romantic relationships.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The new cops gazed ceilingward where the white gloves would have sailed.
For who, while tears are falling, will pause to handle the wreaths, and find whether they are genuine?Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Then she noticed the letter which the child had given her, still lying on the dressing table, with her gloves.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
He stood swaying the umbrella-handle about, looking down at it, as if that would assist his decision.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Then, his hand resting on the handle of the cab-door, this expression suddenly changed to one of alert suspicion.Dope|Sax Rohmer
The active Capt descended, and seizing the substantial handle rang loudly.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills