• WordNet 3.6
    • adj kid-glove showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people "by diplomatic conduct he avoided antagonizing anyone","a tactful way of correcting someone","the agency got the kid-glove treatment on Capitol Hill"
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Kid gloves - If someone is handled with kid gloves, they are given special treatment and handled with great care.


In literature:

By-the-way, I suppose all these people wore pumps and white kid gloves all right?
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
She gives him a grateful glance, and explaining the incident to Philip, hurries away, with the stranger's card hidden in her pale kid glove.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
He knew too well that the friendly mask concealed a foe and that the kid-gloved hand extended him had a dagger up its sleeve.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
One young man who was pressed into service by the soldiers, came clad in a fashionable summer suit, straw hat and kid gloves.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
You high-tone, kid-glove Eastern towerists want to watch out who you go calling destitute.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
She put on her black kid gloves; determination sat upon her mouth, and Christian virtue rested between her brows.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
You don't expect to dig gold with kid gloves on, do you, Mr.
"The Young Adventurer" by Horatio Alger
There is no shirt front, no studs, no rings, no kid gloves.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
These German devils don't wear kid gloves, I fancy.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Miss Almira was more than ever prepossessed as she saw he wore white kid gloves and that in his shirt front gleamed a large diamond.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis

In poetry:

They brought him white kid gloves, and pails,
And candlesticks, and potted quails,
And capstan-bars, and scales and weights,
And ornaments for empty grates.
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But the Butcher turned nervous, and dressed himself fine,
With yellow kid gloves and a ruff—
Said he felt it exactly like going to dine,
Which the Bellman declared was all "stuff."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
But the Butcher turned nervous, and dressed himself fine,
With yellow kid gloves and a ruff—
Said he felt it exactly like going to dine,
Which the Bellman declared was all "stuff".
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

But as a kid growing up in Panama, the Yankee legend had so little money that buying a baseball glove was out of the question.
Treat your hands with kid gloves.
The mainstream media's long-time kid-glove treatment of Andrew Breitbart led directly to the unjustified ouster of Shirley Sherrod.
Not All Kids Get Kid-Glove Care.
When Seth Brizek was a freshman star-to-be at Oley Valley, his coach thought the kid needed a new baseball glove.
The Say Hey Kid is a 24-time All-Star and was awarded 12 Golden Gloves.
Meanwhile, ACORN faced internal dissension, especially around the kid-glove handling of Dale Rathke, brother of ACORN 's founder Wade Rathke.
Area kids pull out gloves, bats at SCHS camp.
While the media, in my opinion, has handled this with kid gloves, it is a disgrace and an insult to active military, veterans and taxpayers.
There was a time when a dirt lot and 10 kids with a hardball and eight baseball gloves was a game.
In game of hardball politics, Olympia would fit Kid like a glove.
Kid gloves for bankers, boxing gloves for bank critics.
Kid Gloves hits sexism and prostitution too lightly .
Scott Bellis and Colleen Wheeler in Kid Gloves playing from Nov 10-Dec. 1 at the Firehall Arts Centre.
Like a kid who can't wait to try out his new baseball glove, President Obama got a fishing reel for his birthday last week and intends to give it a workout this afternoon while fly-fishing in Montana.