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Walk on Broken Glass

What Does "Walk on Broken Glass" Mean?

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"Walk on broken glass" is an English idiom. It means "to go through hardships or difficulties, often for someone else."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "walk on broken glass" used in a sentence:
  • She would walk on broken glass if it meant making things right.
  • I've walked on broken glass to keep this team together.
  • He feels like he's walking on broken glass every time he tries to appease her.
meaning for walk on broken glass

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Walk on Broken Glass" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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