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--"
And, therefore, Mr Kenwigs tied up the silent knocker on the premises in a white kid glove.
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.
As a nation," Bransome remarked, helping himself to the entree, "we handle life amongst ourselves with perpetual 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.