walk on eggshells

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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.

Etymology:

  • 1800s usage, probably from the imagery that eggshells are easily broken when stepped upon.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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walk on eggshellsTo be careful and sensitive, in handling very sensitive matters.
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