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toe

[toh] /toʊ/
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.
  1. a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
  2. 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.
  1. to drive (a nail) obliquely.
  2. 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
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English tā; cognate with Dutch teen, German Zehe, Old Norse
Related forms
toeless, adjective
toelike, adjective
Can be confused
toe, tow.

tread

[tred] /trɛd/
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.
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,
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Related forms
treader, noun
overtread, noun
subtread, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tread on someones toes

toe

/təʊ/
noun
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.
(Austral, slang) speed: a player with plenty of toe
verb toes, toeing, toed
13.
(transitive) to touch, kick, or mark with the toe
14.
(transitive) (golf) to strike (the ball) with the toe of the club
15.
(transitive) to drive (a nail, spike, etc) obliquely
16.
(intransitive) to walk with the toes pointing in a specified direction: to toe inwards
17.
toe the line, to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
Derived Forms
toelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tā; related to Old Frisian tāne, Old Norse tā, Old High German zēha, Latin digitus finger

tread

/trɛd/
verb treads, treading, trod, trodden, trod
1.
to walk or trample in, on, over, or across (something)
2.
when intr, foll by on. to crush or squash by or as if by treading: to tread grapes, to tread on a spider
3.
(intransitive) sometimes foll by on. to subdue or repress, as by doing injury (to): to tread on one's inferiors
4.
(transitive) to do by walking or dancing: to tread a measure
5.
(transitive) (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
noun
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
Derived Forms
treader, noun
Word Origin
Old English tredan; related to Old Norse trotha , Old High German tretan, Swedish träda
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Word Origin and History for tread on someones toes

toe

n.

Old English ta (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taikhwo (cf. Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen, Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"), probably originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes). The Old English plural tan survived in southwestern England to 14c. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921.

v.

"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which 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]
Related: Toed; toeing.

tread

v.

Old English tredan (class V strong verb; past tense træd, past participle treden), from Proto-Germanic *tredanan (cf. Old Frisian treda, Middle Dutch treden, Old High German tretan, German treten, Gothic trudan, Old Norse troða).

n.

early 13c., from tread (v.); in reference to automobile tires, it is recorded from 1906.

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tread on someones toes in Medicine

toe (tō)
n.
Any of the digits of a foot.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tread on someones toes

toe

Related Terms

go toe to toe, turn up one's toes


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Idioms and Phrases with tread on someones toes

toe

In addition to the idiom beginning with
toe
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