Idiom of the Week: Walk on Eggshells

Meaning: To be very careful or quiet, usually because you don’t want to make someone angry.


I’ve been walking on eggshells ever since we had that fight.

You’ve got to walk on eggshells when you’re around my dad. He gets angry easily.

I hate walking on eggshells – I’d rather just be direct.

Pop Quiz:

In which situation would you walk on eggshells?

A.  After you made a mistake at work.

B.  After you made an omelet.

C.  After you got home from a long trip.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is A. If you did something wrong at work, you’re probably very nervous about making another mistake or about making your boss angry. Which, in a nutshell, is what walking on eggshells means.



One thought on “Idiom of the Week: Walk on Eggshells

  1. betty says:

    I don’t like walking on eggshells,
    it makes me nervous feeling.
    I like that life goes slowly,
    I like listening music before I go to bed.

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