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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

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Even as the regime’s aggression has escalated, this president has continued a kid-glove treatment against the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism in a desperate hope to secure a deal. Sen. Ted Budd, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 31 Jan. 2024
Love Is Blind hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey are taking off the kid gloves and asking tough questions during the season 6 reunion. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 8 Mar. 2024 Russia treated them with kid gloves, trusting—for the moment—Turkey’s U.S. guarantee of protection. Andrew L. Peek, Foreign Affairs, 7 Mar. 2016 Compared to the violent clashes of 1971, these protests are handled with kid gloves. Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2024 DeSantis and Haley handled Trump with kid gloves but used boxing gloves on each other. Averi Harper, ABC News, 11 Jan. 2024 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

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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 23 Apr. 2024.

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