on tip-toe

tiptoe

[tip-toh]
noun
1.
the tip or end of a toe.
verb (used without object), tiptoed, tiptoeing.
2.
to move or go on tiptoe, as with caution or stealth: She tiptoed out of the room.
adjective
3.
characterized by standing or walking on tiptoe.
4.
straining upward.
5.
eagerly expectant.
6.
cautious; stealthy.
adverb
7.
eagerly or cautiously; on tiptoe.
Idioms
8.
on tiptoe,
a.
on the tips of one's toes.
b.
expectant; eager: With Christmas coming, the children were on tiptoe.
c.
stealthily; cautiously: The concert had already begun, so he entered the back of the hall on tiptoe.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English tiptoon (plural noun). See tip1, toe

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tiptoe (ˈtɪpˌtəʊ)
 
vb , -toes, -toeing, -toed
1.  to walk with the heels off the ground and the weight supported by the ball of the foot and the toes
2.  to walk silently or stealthily
 
n
3.  on tiptoe
 a.  on the tips of the toes or on the ball of the foot and the toes
 b.  eagerly anticipating something
 c.  stealthily or silently
 
adv
4.  on tiptoe
 
adj
5.  walking or standing on tiptoe
6.  stealthy or silent

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