“Careful with that; it's fragile.”
You're moving to a new house. You notice that one of the movers isn't being careful with one of your boxes, which contains glasses and dishes.
Careful with that; it's fragile.
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"Careful with ___!" is something that you say when you want to warn someone to be careful not to break or spill something. For example:
Careful with that coffee!
Careful with those!
This is short for "Be careful with ___."
Something that can be broken easily is "fragile". Some examples of fragile things include:
- a wine glass
- old antique furniture
- a ceramic sculpture
You can say that a person is "fragile" when they have had serious emotional events happen and they can be easily upset. For example, someone whose parent has just died might be "fragile":
He's very fragile right now, so try not to bring up anything that might upset him.
A situation can also be "fragile". For example, two countries that are often at war with each other might have a "fragile peace" which can easily be broken and return the countries to fighting each other.