If people treat someone very carefully for whatever reason--say the person is very ill or very rude, can we say:

They treat him with Western China.


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Hi Tom

I don't know that expression at all. Did you read it somewhere?

I'd use "kid gloves" -- and very definitely not"Western China". Emotion: surprise
Thanks, Amy. So, can we use "kid's gloves" for a boss who is very rude and unpleasant?

Everyone in the office treats the new boss with kid gloves.

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Mr. Tom So, can we use "kid's gloves"
No possessive. The idiom is "kid gloves". The word "kid" refers to the type of material used to make the gloves.
I'm grateful! But I assume you did not read my whole question, Amy.

Mr. TomThey treat him with Western China.

Hi Tom! Where did you hear this expression?

It is very interesting, because I am from China but I've never heard of it before.
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Hi Tom

Yes, I saw your sentence with "kid gloves", I just wanted to make sure you didn't think the possessive "kid's" was an option. Your sentence is fine.

When you treat someone with kid gloves, you interact with that person very carefully so as not to upset the person. In your sentence, you could apply that to the new boss in the sense that not being tactful or gentle with him is likely to result in a bout of rudeness or unpleasantness.

Another idiom with a similar meaning is "walk on eggshells".
Look at definition 2 here: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/walk+on+eggshells

I have never heard anyone use the "Western China" to mean anything other than "the western part of the country named China" (i.e. literal meaning).
Either way, when written with a capital letter, China means the country and not the ceramic material. There is Dutch china, but there is no Dutch China. (conveniently ignoring the complicated issue of Taiwan) Emotion: wink
It's a metaphor. You may create your own as long as it's common knowledge. Metaphors are packed with paragraphs: They are a creative and economical way to say more with less.
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