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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
1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Government officials (the kid-glove kind) stick up their nose at the lowly skunk, and without reason.

    Fur Farming For Profit Hermon Basil Laymon
  • He owns entire the manufactory of the celebrated Alexandre kid-glove.

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

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • 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
  • The younger generation had too markedly become a candy, kid-glove, silkstockinged youth.

    A Christmas Gift N. P. Gravengaard
  • The kid-glove revolution of linen merchants might suddenly and swiftly turn into something nearer to the real, red thing.

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

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • There was something genuine about him; after Wardrop's kid-glove finish, he was a relief.

    The Window at the White Cat Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It's all you could expect of one of them kid-glove fellers, to weaken when it came to serious business.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • Society, as we are all aware, has an irresistible attraction for the kid-glove playwright.

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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