The Borneo Post - Good English

Idioms: Handle With Kid Gloves


Handle with kid gloves If you handle someone with kid gloves, you treat them with extreme tact and care. The client is hyper sensitive. We need to handle him with kid gloves, or we risk losing the deal.

Clear the decks If you clear the decks for something, you remove all hurdles to get started on that work. By sanctionin­g the budget and filling in the vacancies, the committee has cleared the decks for our new office.

Between the devil and the deep blue sea If you’re caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, you’re caught between two undesirabl­e alternativ­es.

If you support your son, your business partner will be hurt, and vice versa. You’re caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

The luck of the devil If you’ve the luck of the devil, you’re extremely lucky.

X: I’m alive today because I failed to board the plane that crashed yesterday.

Y: You really have the luck of the devil.

Keep an ear to the ground Be well informed of current trends, opinions, and happenings

One of the main reasons for his success in business is that he keeps an ear to the ground to know what the customers want and why they’re dissatisfi­ed with competing products.

Turn a deaf ear If you turn a deaf ear, you ignore what others are saying.

I’ve made the request few times in the past, but it has always fallen on deaf ears.

Eat like a horse If you eat like a horse, you eat a lot. He is lean, but he eats like a horse.

An eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth It means that if a person does something wrong, then they should be punished with the same thing done to them. I’ll return damage to my car by damage to his car. An eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth.

Face the music If you face the music, you’re at the receiving end of somebody’s criticism or reprimand. You’ll face the music for deliberate­ly reporting inflated sales numbers.

A flash in the pan If you call something flash in the pan, you say it has happened for only one time and it won’t repeat.

Considerin­g their dismal past record, the win in the last match seems to be a flash in the pan.

Hold your horses Be patient

Hold your horses! I’m not yet done with my explanatio­n.

Drag one’s feet To do something slowly deliberate­ly The police is dragging its feet in investigat­ing this case allegedly because influentia­l people are involved in the crime.

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