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    Default "walk on eggshells/eggs" and "be on thin ice"

    Hello.

    - We're all walking on eggshells around her since her dog died.
    - In going against his father's wishes, he was (skating/walking) on thin ice.


    "Walk on eggshells/eggs" means "to be very careful how you behave around someone because you might easily make them angry or upset," and "be on thin ice" means "to be in a dangerous situation : to be in a situation that may cause you to get into trouble." So these two phrases are not interchangeable, aren't they?

    Thank you.

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    Smile Re: "walk on eggshells/eggs" and "be on thin ice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    - We're all walking on eggshells around her since her dog died.
    - In going against his father's wishes, he was (skating/walking) on thin ice.

    "Walk on eggshells/eggs" means "to be very careful how you behave around someone because you might easily make them angry or upset," and "be on thin ice" means "to be in a dangerous situation : to be in a situation that may cause you to get into trouble." So these two phrases are not interchangeable, aren't they?

    Thank you.
    They are not interchangeable, and you understand their respective meanings very well.


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    Default Re: "walk on eggshells/eggs" and "be on thin ice"

    skate on thin ice
    walk on thin ice

    Do you use these two in progressive form?

    Is "be on thin ice" more common, in your opinion?

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    Default Re: "walk on eggshells/eggs" and "be on thin ice"

    Both can be used in the progressive.

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    Default Re: "walk on eggshells/eggs" and "be on thin ice"

    Is "be on thin ice" more common, in your opinion?

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    Default Re: "walk on eggshells/eggs" and "be on thin ice"

    I would hesitate to say it's more common or less common. It's just another variation on the idiom. I personally "skate" or "walk"--it's a bit more colorful.

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