Definition of walk on eggshells in English:

walk on eggshells


  • Be extremely cautious about one's words or actions.

    ‘his air of tetchy perfectionism encouraged those around him to walk on eggshells’
    • ‘All his belongings are still in the flat near to our house and I am going to be walking on eggshells now until it is empty."’
    • ‘I always felt I was walking on eggshells, avoiding what you didn't want to talk about, or didn't dare talk about.’
    • ‘We were constantly walking on eggshells because we were worried about upsetting him in case it would cause a situation.’
    • ‘Staff and pupils spent Friday walking on eggshells, and at one point it was touch and go if the school's spring concert's star attractions would arrive on time to be raffled.’
    • ‘Still, getting on with ordinary office routine and procedure, we suspect, was akin to walking on eggshells.’
    • ‘So far, most American media outlets seem to be walking on eggshells to avoid tough coverage of the new pope.’
    • ‘Thanks for being the voice of reason in this world of walking on eggshells about people's feelings.’
    • ‘I'm tired of walking on eggshells around people who don't feel the same way as me.’
    • ‘Of course, as a guy I'm walking on eggshells simply discussing this.’
    • ‘"Yeah, but you don't have to walk on eggshells around me.’