kid glove


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kid glove

n.
A glove made of fine, soft leather, especially kidskin.
Idiom:
with kid gloves
Tactfully and cautiously: had to handle the temperamental artist with kid gloves.

kid glove

n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a glove made of kidskin
2. handle with kid gloves to treat with great tact or caution
adj
3. overdelicate or overrefined
4. diplomatic; tactful: a kidglove approach.

kid′ glove′


n.
a glove made of kid leather.
Idioms:
handle with kid gloves, to treat with extreme tact or gentleness.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kid glove - a glove made of fine soft leather (as kidskin)kid glove - a glove made of fine soft leather (as kidskin)
glove - handwear: covers the hand and wrist
References in classic literature ?
Yes, indeed, I've noticed that when a man hauls on a kid glove like he was dragging a cat out of an ash hole by the tail, he understands putting on kid gloves; he's had ex--"
It's just this," said the doctor, taking a finger of his kid glove in his white hands and pulling it, "if you don't strain the strings, and then try to break them, you'll find it a difficult job; but strain a string to its very utmost, and the mere weight of one finger on the strained string will snap it.
Sinclair, or as he preferred to be called, Professor Sinclair, waved a white kid glove in the direction of the dancing hall.
It was the White Rabbit returning, splendidly dressed, with a pair of white kid gloves in one hand and a large fan in the other: he came trotting along in a great hurry, muttering to himself as he came, `Oh
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.
As the gloves were white kid gloves, and as the post-office was widened to its utmost extent, I now began to have my strong suspicions.
Bricks," he whispered, very low--"old yellow bricks, crumbling with age in a garden- wall; the sweet breath of young cows standing in a mountain-stream; the lead roof of a dove- cote--or perhaps a granary--with the mid-day sun on it; black kid gloves lying in a bureau- drawer of walnut-wood; a dusty road with a horses' drinking-trough beneath the sycamores; little mushrooms bursting through the rotting leaves; and--and--and--"
Poor 'Narcissa' after death (says Walpole) was attired in a Holland nightdress, with tucker and double ruffles of Brunswick lace, of which latter material she also wore a headdress, and a pair of new kid gloves.
After taking a plain white muslin scarf, a pair of light gray kid gloves, and a garden-hat of Tuscan straw, from the drawers of the wardrobe, she locked it, and put the key carefully in her pocket.
She had on a plain black dress, a hat with cheap flowers, and was forcing her hands, red and coarse from much work, into black kid gloves.
As for shawls, kid gloves, silk stockings, gold French watches, bracelets and perfumery, he sent them in with the profusion of blind love and unbounded credit.
After a short time the cardinal arranged his shoulder belt, then looked with great complacency at his hands, which were most elegant and of which he took the greatest care; and throwing on one side the large kid gloves tried on at first, as belonging to the uniform, he put on others of silk only.