kid glove

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From kid gloves (made from the skin of a young lamb or goat), a particularly fine, soft material.


kid glove (plural kid gloves)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see kid,‎ glove.
  2. (often in plural) A metaphorical representation of careful handling.
    • 2005, Jeffrey John Kripal, Glenn W. Shuck, On the Edge of the Future: Esalen and the Evolution of American Culture, page 154:
      His friend Penny Vieregge provided a glimpse into his actual experience when she described the "incredible fragility" in Dick at the time, "like fine, fine, porcelain. . . . I wanted to put on kid gloves and be there in case the shattering came."
    • 2008, Barbie Jones, The Power to Choose - A Victim No More, page 44:
      This time around the enemy took off the kid gloves. He saw that his previous plans to destroy me had failed. Instead of sending boys to do a man's job, he sent a man that he knew would win me over.
    • 2009, In The Loop, BBC Films:
      Malcolm: Be gentle with them.
      Jamie: Oh, you know me Malc. Kid gloves, but made from real kids.
    He's usually very sensitive about this sort of thing; make sure you put on your kid gloves before you see him.

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