Idiom:  walking on eggshells

A man steps carefully over broken eggshells: We've all been walking on eggshells around my dad since he lost his job a few months ago.


Idiom:  walking on eggshells (eggs)

  • to be extremely careful around someone in order not to upset them

Example sentences

  • Whenever my mother-in-law visits I'm walking on eggshells in my own home.
  • We've all been walking on eggshells around my father since he lost his job.
  • When I’m at my moms house, I feel like I’m always walking on egg shells because she’s really sensitive about noise.
  • We’ve been staying at my parents' house for the past two months but it feels like we’re walking on eggs so we’re trying to move out soon.
  • My roommate is so stressed out about her job that I have to walk on egg shells around the house because she’s always trying to work.
  • I hate to say this but either your brother or I have to go. I feel like I’m walking on egg shells at my own house because he’s always upset about something.
  • We’re all walking on eggs around the office because our manager is a complete crazy person who yells at us whenever she gets the chance.
  • When I visit my parents I have to walk on eggshells so now I hardly visit them.
  • Everyone is walking on eggshells at my firm because the owner is visiting our office this week.
  • I used to walk on eggshells when I went to my grandparents' house because my grandmother had terrible migraine headaches and slept a lot of the time.


  • handle/treat someone with kid gloves
  • tread carefully/lightly

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