\ ˈkid-ˈgləv \

Definition of kid-glove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: marked by extreme care or deference kid-glove treatment

kid glove


Definition of kid glove (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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kid-gloved \ ˈkid-​ˈgləvd \ adjective

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He's been very critical of James Comey for giving Hillary Clinton the kid glove treatment. Fox News, "Kavanaugh denies assault allegations in Fox News interview," 25 Sep. 2018 McCall’s horrific 1945 to 1972 reign has always been treated with kid gloves in these parts. Lauren Ritchie,, "Statue of Confederate general is no 'piece of art,' has no place in Lake County museum," 1 July 2018 Mindful of how the old military regime persecuted the pious, Japan’s police long treated religious groups with kid gloves. The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018 Colbert can challenge his guests when there’s a need; 2018’s Colbert is not the Colbert who regrettably treated then-candidate Donald Trump with kid gloves back in 2015, when his iteration of Late Show was just finding its sea legs. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Avenatti and Scaramucci Peddle Their Unholy Double Act on Late Show," 14 June 2018 The American people have waited a long time for answers on whether Justice Department and FBI leadership treated Secretary Clinton with kid gloves instead of impartially investigating. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "The Inspector General's Report Criticizes James Comey. Here's What You Need to Know," 14 June 2018 They were treated with kid gloves by colleagues and bosses afraid to upset them or worried about their toughness, Elsbach says. NBC News, "Is it ever okay to cry at work?," 16 Apr. 2018 People were espousing outright fascist views and the mainstream media was there to cover it, sometimes with kid gloves, normalizing abhorrent ideas. Jason Christian, The New Republic, "Confessions of a Former Left-Wing Gun Nut," 29 Mar. 2018 And Ferris’ script handles some of the more unsavory accusations about Berry’s personal life with kid gloves — or ignores them altogether. Kerry Reid,, "'Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry' is more about the music than the man," 26 Feb. 2018

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1888, in the meaning defined above


1725, in the meaning defined above

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