tiptoe

tiptoe
tip|toe1 [ `tıp,tou ] noun
on tiptoe(s)
if you stand or walk on tiptoe, you stand or walk on your toes:
If he stood on tiptoe, he could reach the shelf.
tiptoe
tip|toe 2 [ `tıp,tou ] verb intransitive
to walk on your toes:
We tiptoed down the stairs.
,tiptoe a`round phrasal verb transitive
1. ) tiptoe around something to avoid dealing directly with a problem:
The government should stop tiptoeing around the issue of health care.
2. ) tiptoe around someone to be very careful about how you behave toward someone because you are afraid of offending or annoying them

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Tiptoe — Tip toe , a. 1. Being on tiptoe, or as on tiptoe; hence, raised as high as possible; lifted up; exalted; also, alert. [1913 Webster] Night s candles are burnt out, and jocund day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tiptoe — Tip toe , n.; pl. {Tiptoes}. The end, or tip, of the toe. [1913 Webster] He must . . . stand on his typtoon [tiptoes]. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Upon his tiptoes stalketh stately by. Spenser. [1913 Webster] {To be a tiptoe}, {To stand a tiptoe},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiptoe — [tip′tō΄] n. the tip of a toe or the tips of the toes: usually used with reference to a foot position with the heels raised and the body s weight resting on the toes and the balls of the feet vi. tiptoed, tiptoeing to walk stealthily or… …   English World dictionary

  • Tiptoe — Tip toe , v. i. To step or walk on tiptoe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiptoe — The verb has inflected forms tiptoes, tiptoed, tiptoeing. The noun is confined to the expression on tiptoe(s), where it can be singular or plural …   Modern English usage

  • tiptoe — ► VERB (tiptoes, tiptoed, tiptoeing) ▪ walk quietly and carefully with one s heels raised and one s weight on the balls of the feet. ● on tiptoe (or tiptoes) Cf. ↑on tiptoes …   English terms dictionary

  • tiptoe — (n.) mid 15c., from TIP (Cf. tip) (n.) + TOE (Cf. toe). As a verb from 1630s. Related: Tiptoes (late 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tiptoe — /tip toh /, n., v., tiptoed, tiptoeing, adj., adv. n. 1. the tip or end of a toe. 2. 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… …   Universalium

  • tiptoe — tip|toe1 [ˈtıptəu US tou] n on tiptoe/on (your) tiptoes if you stand or walk on tiptoe, you stand or walk on your toes, in order to make yourself taller or in order to walk very quietly ▪ She stood on tiptoe to kiss him. tiptoe 2 tiptoe2 past… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tiptoe — I. noun Date: 14th century the position of being balanced on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised usually used with on; also the ends of the toes II. adverb Date: 1592 on or as if on tiptoe III. adjective Date: 1593 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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