Definition of glove noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡlʌv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡlʌv//
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  • a covering for the hand, made of wool, leather, etc. with separate parts for each finger and the thumb a pair of gloves rubber gloves gardening gloves compare mitten see also boxing, oven glove See related entries: Accessories
  • Word OriginOld English glōf, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Don’t keep important documents in the glove compartment of your car. She peeled off her glove to reveal a wedding ring. Treat her with kid gloves—she’s very sensitive.Idioms
    fit (somebody) like a glove
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    to be the perfect size or shape for somebody The dress fits me like a glove.
    used to say that somebody is ready for a fight or an argument
    hand in glove (with somebody)
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    working closely with somebody, especially in a secret and/or illegal way
    handle/treat, etc. somebody with kid gloves
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    to deal with somebody in a very careful way so that you do not offend or upset them
    an iron fist/hand (in a velvet glove)
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    if you use the words an iron fist/hand when describing the way that somebody behaves, you mean that they treat people severely. This treatment may be hidden behind a kind appearance (the velvet glove). They promised that the army would strike with an iron fist at any resistance. The iron hand in the velvet glove approach seems to work best with this age group.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: glove