tread on someone's toes

toe

[toh]
noun
1.
one of the terminal digits of the human foot.
2.
an analogous part in certain animals.
3.
the forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like.
4.
the forepart of anything worn on the foot, as of a shoe or stocking.
5.
a part resembling a toe in shape or position.
6.
Railroads. the end of a frog in front of the point and in the direction of the switch.
7.
Machinery.
a.
a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
b.
a curved partial cam lifting the flat surface of a follower and letting it drop; wiper.
8.
Golf. the outer end of the head of a club.
verb (used with object), toed, toeing.
9.
to furnish with a toe or toes.
10.
to touch or reach with the toes: The pitcher toed the mound, wound up, and threw a fastball.
11.
to kick with the toe.
12.
Golf. to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club.
13.
Carpentry.
a.
to drive (a nail) obliquely.
b.
to toenail.
verb (used without object), toed, toeing.
14.
to stand, walk, etc., with the toes in a specified position: to toe in.
15.
to tap with the toe, as in dancing.
Idioms
16.
on one's toes, energetic; alert; ready: The spirited competition kept them on their toes.
17.
step/tread on someone's toes, to offend (a person); encroach on the territory or sphere of responsibility of (another): The new employee stepped on a lot of toes when he suggested reorganizing the office.
18.
toe the line. line1 ( def 83 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English tā; cognate with Dutch teen, German Zehe, Old Norse

toeless, adjective
toelike, adjective

toe, tow.
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tread

[tred]
verb (used without object), trod, trodden or trod, treading.
1.
to set down the foot or feet in walking; step; walk.
2.
to step, walk, or trample so as to press, crush, or injure something (usually followed by on or upon ): to tread on a person's foot.
3.
(of a male bird) to copulate.
verb (used with object), trod, trodden or trod, treading.
4.
to step or walk on, about, in, or along.
5.
to trample or crush underfoot.
6.
to form by the action of walking or trampling: to tread a path.
7.
to treat with disdainful harshness or cruelty; crush; oppress.
8.
to perform by walking or dancing: to tread a measure.
9.
(of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird).
noun
10.
the action of treading, stepping, or walking.
11.
the sound of footsteps.
12.
manner of treading or walking.
13.
a single step as in walking.
14.
any of various things or parts on which a person or thing treads, stands, or moves.
15.
the part of the under surface of the foot or of a shoe that touches the ground.
16.
the horizontal upper surface of a step in a stair, on which the foot is placed.
17.
the part of a wheel, tire, or runner that bears on the road, rail, etc. See diag. under tire2.
18.
the pattern raised on or cut into the face of a rubber tire.
20.
Railroads. that part of a rail in contact with the treads of wheels.
Idioms
21.
tread on someone's toes/corns, to offend or irritate someone.
22.
tread the boards, to act on the stage, especially professionally: He recalled the days when he had trod the boards.
23.
tread water,
a.
Swimming. to maintain the body erect in the water with the head above the surface usually by a pumping up-and-down movement of the legs and sometimes the arms.
b.
Slang. to make efforts that maintain but do not further one's status, progress, or performance: He's just treading water here until he can find another job.

Origin:
before 900; (v.) Middle English treden, Old English tredan; cognate with Old Frisian treda, Old Saxon tredan, Dutch treden, German treten; akin to Old Norse trotha, Gothic trudan; (noun) Middle English tred footprint, derivative of the v.

treader, noun
overtread, noun
subtread, noun
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toe (təʊ)
 
n
1.  any one of the digits of the foot
2.  the corresponding part in other vertebrates
3.  the part of a shoe, sock, etc, covering the toes
4.  anything resembling a toe in shape or position
5.  the front part of the head of a golf club, hockey stick, etc
6.  the lower bearing of a vertical shaft assembly
7.  the tip of a cam follower that engages the cam profile
8.  informal dip one's toe in, dip one's toes in to begin doing or try something new or unfamiliar
9.  on one's toes alert
10.  tread on someone's toes to offend or insult a person, esp by trespassing on his or her field of responsibility
11.  informal turn up one's toes to die
12.  slang (Austral) speed: a player with plenty of toe
 
vb , toes, toeing, toed
13.  (tr) to touch, kick, or mark with the toe
14.  (tr) golf to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club
15.  (tr) to drive (a nail, spike, etc) obliquely
16.  (intr) to walk with the toes pointing in a specified direction: to toe inwards
17.  toe the line to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
 
[Old English tā; related to Old Frisian tāne, Old Norse tā, Old High German zēha, Latin digitus finger]
 
'toelike
 
adj

tread (trɛd)
 
vb (when intr, foll by on) (sometimes foll by on) , treads, treading, trod, trodden, trod
1.  to walk or trample in, on, over, or across (something)
2.  to crush or squash by or as if by treading: to tread grapes; to tread on a spider
3.  to subdue or repress, as by doing injury (to): to tread on one's inferiors
4.  (tr) to do by walking or dancing: to tread a measure
5.  (tr) (of a male bird) to copulate with (a female bird)
6.  tread lightly to proceed with delicacy or tact
7.  tread on someone's toes to offend or insult someone, esp by infringing on his sphere of action, etc
8.  tread water to stay afloat in an upright position by moving the legs in a walking motion
 
n
9.  a manner or style of walking, dancing, etc: a light tread
10.  the act of treading
11.  the top surface of a step in a staircase
12.  the outer part of a tyre or wheel that makes contact with the road, esp the grooved surface of a pneumatic tyre
13.  the part of a rail that wheels touch
14.  the part of a shoe that is generally in contact with the ground
15.  vet science an injury to a horse's foot caused by the opposite foot, or the foot of another horse
16.  a rare word for footprint
 
[Old English tredan; related to Old Norse trotha , Old High German tretan, Swedish träda]
 
'treader
 
n

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toe
O.E. ta (pl. tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from P.Gmc. *taikhwo (cf. O.N. ta, O.Fris. tane, M.Du. te, Du. teen, O.H.G. zecha, Ger. Zehe "toe"), probably originally meaning "fingers" as well. Many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes. The O.E. plural tan survived
in southwestern England to 14c. The verb meaning "touch or reach with the toes" is first recorded 1813, in expression to toe the mark. This phrase seems to be nautical in origin.
"The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them 'toe the mark.' " [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]
Toenail is from 1841. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921.

tread
O.E. tredan (class V strong verb; past tense træd, pp. treden), from P.Gmc. *tredanan (cf. O.Fris. treda, M.Du. treden, O.H.G. tretan, Ger. treten, Goth. trudan, O.N. troða). The noun is recorded from early 13c., from the verb; in reference to automobile tires, it is recorded from 1906. Treadmill
invented (and named) 1822 by William Cubitt of Ipswich, England; originally an instrument of prison discipline.
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toe (tō)
n.
Any of the digits of a foot.

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