walk on eggshells
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1800's usage, probably from the imagery that eggshells are easily broken when less cared.
- (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.
- (idiomatic) To be careful and sensitive, in handling very sensitive matters.
to act carefully to avoid upsetting someone
to handle sensitive matters delicately
- (walking) on thin ice
- Seferyan, S. S.; Hovhannisyan, L. V.; Lazaryan, A. A. (1986) Angleren-hayeren darjvacabanakan baṙaran [English–Armenian Phraseological Dictionary], Yerevan: University Press, page 52