toe

toe
toe [tō]
n.
[ME to < OE ta, earlier tahe, akin to Ger zehe < IE base * dei-, to show > TEACH, L dicere, to say, digitus]
1.
a) any of the five jointed parts at the front of the human foot; digit
b) the forepart of the human foot
c) the part of a shoe, sock, etc. that covers the toes
2. any of the digits of an animal's foot, or the forepart of a hoof, etc.
3. anything suggesting a toe in location, shape, or function; specif.,
a) a pivot or journal extending vertically in a bearing
b) a projecting arm raised or moved by a cam
vt.
toed, toeing
1. to provide with a toe or toes
2. to touch, kick, etc. with the toes [to toe a starting line]
3. Carpentry
a) to drive (a nail) slantingly
b) to clinch or fasten with nails driven slantingly; toenail
vi.
☆ to stand, walk, or be formed so that the toes are in a specified position [to toe in or toe out]
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on one's toes
Informal mentally or physically alert
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step on someone's toes or tread on someone's toes
to offend someone, esp. by trespassing or intruding on prerogatives or rights
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toe the line or toe the mark
1. to stand or crouch with the toes touching the starting line of a race, etc.
2. to follow orders, rules, doctrines, etc. strictly

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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