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: marked by extreme care or deference
kid-glove treatment

kid glove

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: a dress glove made of kid leather
kid-gloved adjective
with kid gloves
: with special consideration

Examples of kid-glove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Despite all of this, Republicans have treated him with kid gloves, if not gone to the mattresses for the man who is simultaneously their party’s most incandescent celebrity and its greatest liability. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2023 The kid gloves might stay on a while longer, but the tune could change if lawmakers and locals alike believe a monstrous development centered around a team that’s 200-476 since 2018 isn’t necessary. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 16 June 2023 The biopic does not handle those circumstances with kid gloves. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2023 By virtue of his social standing and the crimes of which he is accused, Defendant Trump is already getting the privileged process and kid gloves extended to white-collar defendants. Elliot Williams, CNN, 10 Apr. 2023 As the season winds down, expect the Spurs to continue to treat bumps and bruises with kid gloves. Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2023 Naturally, footage of scrums was treated with kid gloves — danced around by the commentators, the focus put elsewhere. Matt Porter,, 18 Mar. 2023 Either way, Reus’ situation is up in the air, and for now, Terzic will have to navigate a situation with kid gloves not to jeopardize Dortmund’s strong season. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2023 The way McKinzie sees it, the wealthier parts of town do get kid glove treatment from higher-ups both at the police department and City Hall. Susannah Bryan,, 30 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1888, in the meaning defined above


1725, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kid-glove was in 1725

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“Kid-glove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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