English idioms: to walk on egg shells, to walk on pins and needles, to tread lightly, etc.

To walk on egg shells

Sometimes we have to be sensitive to how other people are feeling. We might even act a certain way because we don’t want to upset them. In this episode, we talk about expressions used for this kind of situation. You might need to walk on pins and needles to keep others happy around you. Too bad everyone isn’t happy all the time!

Maura Harp

Maura: So maybe there’s someone in your life who is having a very bad day. This is the time when you might walk on eggshells, because you wanna be sensitive to how they’re feeling and you don’t wanna disturb them.
Harp: Exactly.
Maura: It could be just that specific time or maybe there’s someone in your life who is always sensitive and always gets disturbed easily. So in that case, you might always walk on eggshells around them because you know that they get upset very easily.
Harp: Yes, exactly. If it’s someone who gets angry or upset really easily, you might walk on eggshells around them all the time.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

Why not To walk on eggshells
To snap To be grounded
You know what I mean? To walk on pins and needles
To bug someone To clean up after yourself
To hold a grudge A detention
To tread lightly At the drop of a hat
IT Anything and everything

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo: ©John Lund

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