To stand on tiptoe
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}, {To stand on tiptoe} or {To be on tiptoe}, to be awake or alive to anything; to be roused; to be eager or alert; as, to be a tiptoe with expectation. [1913 Webster]


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  • To stand a tiptoe — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be on tiptoe — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be a tiptoe — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on tiptoe — phrasal : aroused, alert, atiptoe she was very animated, very much on tiptoe L.C.Douglas the contest of skill that puts one on tiptoe to win Deerfield (Wis.) Independent * * * on tiptoe 1. On the tips of one s toes, as if trying to be quiet or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • on tiptoes — on ˈtiptoe/ˈtiptoes idiom standing or walking on the front part of your foot, with your heels off the ground, in order to make yourself taller or to move very quietly • She had to stand on tiptoe to reach the top shelf. • We crept around on… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stand — stand1 W1S1 [stænd] v past tense and past participle stood [stud] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(be on feet)¦ 2¦(rise)¦ 3¦(step)¦ 4¦(in a particular position)¦ 5¦(in a state/condition)¦ 6¦(not like)¦ 7¦(accept a situation)¦ 8¦(be good enough)¦ 9 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stand — 1 verb past tense and past participle stood /stUd/ BE UPRIGHT 1 (I) to support yourself on your feet in an upright position: It looks like we ll have to stand there are no seats left. | Can you see any better from where you re standing? | stand… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tiptoe — 1 noun on tiptoe(s) if you stand on tiptoe you stand on your toes, in order to make yourself taller: Anita stood on tiptoe and tried to see over the wall. 2 verb (I) to walk quietly and carefully on your toes (+ across/down etc): He tiptoed… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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

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