walk on eggshells

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Etymology[edit]

1800's usage, probably from the imagery that eggshells are easily broken.

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walk on eggshells (third-person singular simple present walks on eggshells, present participle walking on eggshells, simple past and past participle walked on eggshells)

  1. (idiomatic) To be overly careful in dealing with a person or situation because they get angry or offended very easily; to try very hard not to upset someone or something.
  2. (idiomatic) To be careful and sensitive, in handling very sensitive matters.

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References[edit]

  • S. S. Seferian, L. V. Hovhannisian, A. A. Lazarian (1986), English-Armenian Phraseological Dictionary, Yerevan: Yerevan University Press, page 52