What does walking on eggshells mean?


Idiom Meaning:

being overly cautious not to upset a sensitive situation (or person)


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Law & Order: Criminal Intent “The Consoler” (2011)

Time of Scene: ~00:21:40

Robert Goren: Do you think I’m crazy?

Paula Gyson: I think you are a person who is aware that the world is a dangerous place. You found a way of surviving, but your way can make other people feel uncomfortable.

Robert Goren: Challenging and, you know, uncomfortable. You’re walking on eggshells with me, aren’t you?

Paula Gyson: Isn’t that how you like it? Hmm? It’s part of your skill set, like being able to read people quickly.

Robert Goren: It’s my job.


Star Trek: The Next Generation “The Loss” (1990)

Time of Scene: ~00:13:20

Counselor Deanna Troi: You know what the worst part of this is? And I’ve seen it happen to so many patients.

Commander William T. Riker: What?

Counselor Deanna Troi: The way other people change. How they start to treat you differently. They walk on eggshells around you. Sometimes they avoid you altogether. Sometimes they become overbearing, reach out a helping hand to the blind woman.

Commander William T. Riker: I’m sorry if I…

Counselor Deanna Troi: I will not be treated that way!


The Wedding Date (2005)

Time of Scene: ~00:23:00

Kat Ellis: Some of their lesser-known ballads are surprisingly poignant.

Nick Mercer: Is that an old habit from ballet class or from a lifetime of walking on eggshells?

Kat Ellis: I never took ballet.



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