toe

toe
toe1 S3 [təu US tou] n
[: Old English; Origin: ta]
1.) one of the five movable parts at the end of your foot
→↑finger
He stubbed his toe (=hurt it by kicking it against something) on a rock.
big toe
(=the largest of your toes)
heel, ↑upper, ↑toe, ↑lace, ↑lining, ↑sole
2.) the part of a shoe or sock that covers the front part of your foot
3.) tread on sb's toes
BrE step on somebody's toes AmE
to offend someone, especially by becoming involved in something that they are responsible for
4.) keep sb on their toes
to make sure that someone is ready for anything that might happen
They do random checks to keep workers on their toes.
5.) make sb's toes curl
to make someone feel very embarrassed or uncomfortable
6.) touch your toes
to bend downwards so that your hands touch your toes, without bending your knees
7.) put/dip a toe in the water
to try a little of something or try an activity for a short time to see if you like it
from head to toe athead1 (1)
from top to toe attop1 (22)
toe 2
toe2 v past tense and past participle toed present participle toeing
toe the line
to do what other people in a job or organization say you should do, whether you agree with them or not
You toe the line or you don't stay on the team!

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Toe — Toe, n. [OE. too, taa, AS. t[=a]; akin to D. teen, G. zehe, OHG. z[=e]ha, Icel. t[=a], Sw. t[*a], Dan. taa; of uncertain origin. [root]60.] 1. (Anat.) One of the terminal members, or digits, of the foot of a man or an animal. Each one, tripping… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toe — [tō] n. [ME to < OE ta, earlier tahe, akin to Ger zehe < IE base * deik̑ , 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… …   English World dictionary

  • Toe — Toe, v. i. To hold or carry the toes (in a certain way). [1913 Webster] {To toe in}, to stand or carry the feet in such a way that the toes of either foot incline toward the other. {To toe out}, to have the toes of each foot, in standing or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toe — Toe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toeing}.] To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to; as, to toe the mark. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toe — UK US /təʊ/ verb [T] ● toe the line Cf. toe the line …   Financial and business terms

  • toe — ► NOUN 1) any of the five digits at the end of the foot. 2) the lower end, tip, or point of something. ► VERB (toes, toed, toeing) ▪ push, touch, or kick with one s toes. ● make someone s toes curl …   English terms dictionary

  • toe-in — toe′ in n. aum the slight forward convergence given to the front wheels of an automobile to improve steering qualities • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • toe-in — [tō′in΄] n. nearly parallel alignment of the front wheels of a motor vehicle such that the front edges are slightly closer together and so provide necessary tension on the steering linkage …   English World dictionary

  • Toe — This article is about the body part. For other uses, see Toe (disambiguation). Ring toe redirects here. For the ring designed to be worn on a toe, see Toe ring. Toes Toes on the foot. The innermost toe (bottom left in image), which is normally… …   Wikipedia

  • toe — /toʊ / (say toh) noun 1. (in humans) one of the terminal members or digits of the foot. 2. an analogous part in other animals. 3. the forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like. 4. a part, as of a stocking or shoe, to cover the toes. 5.… …  

  • toe — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big ▪ The shoe pressed painfully against her big toe. ▪ little, pinky (AmE) ▪ bare ▪ Under his bare toes the …   Collocations dictionary

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