kid glove

||

noun

a glove made of kid leather.

Idioms

    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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kid glove

Historical Examples of kid glove

  • 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

    Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for kid glove

kid glove

noun

a glove made of kidskin
handle with kid gloves to treat with great tact or caution

adjective kidglove

overdelicate or overrefined
diplomatic; tactfula kidglove approach
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012