walk on eggshell

walk on eggshell

Meaning

  • to be careful about one’s words or actions around another person
  • to be cautious of offending someone through your words or actions
  • to be overly careful around someone because they are sensitive

Example Sentences

  1. Whenever Lisa is around the house, everyone has to walk on eggshells around her in order not to get her annoyed.
  2. With my mom, I always feel like I am walking around on eggshells.
  3. David is so sensitive that all his friends have to walk on eggshells around him.
  4. I hate it when I have to walk on eggshells around Peter.
  5. Mary is very opinionated and so she doesn’t understand why she has to walk on eggshells around her aunt.
  6. I make it a habit not to walk on eggshells around my friends.

Origin

To walk on eggshells originates clearly from the imagery. Eggshells are very fragile so it would take great care to walk on them without smashing them. It’s alike to walking on thin ice in reality. Therefore, in the 1800s, this phrase came to be used to describe people who you have to be careful around with your words and actions in order not to get them offended, hurt or upset.

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