One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Providing or involving meticulous care, attention, or service.‘you went to the best restaurant in town where they gave you white-glove service’‘the sprawling resorts and white-glove hotels in and around San Juan’
careful, conscientious, diligent, ultra-careful, scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, demanding, exacting, accurate, correctView synonyms
- ‘The relief commander conducts a white-glove inspection of the rifle.’
- ‘There has never been a better opportunity to buy a trophy penthouse in a white-glove Park Avenue building.’
- ‘Spa treatments and other impressive inclusions complete this white-glove winter getaway.’
- ‘With views of both the Rodney Bay and the open Atlantic, the white-glove dining restaurant serves my favourite king crab legs.’
- ‘The problem is that such white-glove perfectionist treatment causes too many people to treat reviews as the last word on a show.’
- ‘Only here do they keep up with the white-glove butler service.’
- ‘"Horticulture" may bring to mind white-glove garden clubs and genteel lectures about growing better roses.’
- ‘The gated neighborhood suited the family just fine, and the house itself toes the line of being white-glove pristine.’
- ‘He lobbied the diplomats during a formal, white-glove lunch featuring several courses and many more toasts.’
- ‘The Clean Streets Committee has dug in to bring its neighborhood up to Beacon Hill white-glove standards.’
1950s: probably with reference to the white gloves traditionally worn by butlers or other domestic servants.
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