To tread on
Tread Tread, v. i. [imp. {Trod}; p. p. {Trodden}, {Trod}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Treading}.] [OE. treden, AS. tredan; akin to OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG. tretan, Icel. tro?a, Sw. tr[*a]da, tr["a]da, Dan. tr[ae]de, Goth. trudan, and perhaps ultimately to F. tramp; cf. Gr. ? a running, Skr. dram to run. Cf. {Trade}, {Tramp}, {Trot}.] 1. To set the foot; to step. [1913 Webster]

Where'er you tread, the blushing flowers shall rise. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The hard stone Under our feet, on which we tread and go. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To walk or go; especially, to walk with a stately or a cautious step. [1913 Webster]

Ye that . . . stately tread, or lowly creep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To copulate; said of birds, esp. the males. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To tread on} or {To tread upon}. (a) To trample; to set the foot on in contempt. ``Thou shalt tread upon their high places.'' --Deut. xxxiii. 29. (b) to follow closely. ``Year treads on year.'' --Wordsworth.

{To tread upon the heels of}, to follow close upon. ``Dreadful consequences that tread upon the heels of those allowances to sin.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

One woe doth tread upon another's heel. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To tread on the neck of — Neck Neck (n[e^]k), n. [OE. necke, AS. hnecca; akin to D. nek the nape of the neck, G. nacken, OHG. nacch, hnacch, Icel. hnakki, Sw. nacke, Dan. nakke.] 1. The part of an animal which connects the head and the trunk, and which, in man and many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To tread upon — Tread Tread, v. i. [imp. {Trod}; p. p. {Trodden}, {Trod}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Treading}.] [OE. treden, AS. tredan; akin to OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG. tretan, Icel. tro?a, Sw. tr[*a]da, tr[ a]da, Dan. tr[ae]de, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To tread upon the heels of — Tread Tread, v. i. [imp. {Trod}; p. p. {Trodden}, {Trod}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Treading}.] [OE. treden, AS. tredan; akin to OFries. treda, OS. tredan, D. & LG. treden, G. treten, OHG. tretan, Icel. tro?a, Sw. tr[*a]da, tr[ a]da, Dan. tr[ae]de, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tread on somebody's toes — ˌtread on sb s ˈtoes idiom (especially BrE) (NAmE usually ˌstep on sb s ˈtoes) (informal) to offend or annoy sb, especially by getting involved in sth that is their responsibility • I don t want to tread on anybody s toes so I ll keep quiet …   Useful english dictionary

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  • tread on (someone's) toes — step/tread on (someone s) toes to say or do something which upsets someone, especially by becoming involved in something which is their responsibility. I d like to make some changes to the working procedures, but I don t want to tread on anyone s …   New idioms dictionary

  • tread on one's toes — do something that offends someone I don t want to tread on her toes because she is the most powerful supervisor in this company …   Idioms and examples

  • To tread out — Tread Tread, v. t. 1. To step or walk on. [1913 Webster] Forbid to tread the promised land he saw. Prior. [1913 Webster] Methought she trod the ground with greater grace. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To tread the stage — Tread Tread, v. t. 1. To step or walk on. [1913 Webster] Forbid to tread the promised land he saw. Prior. [1913 Webster] Methought she trod the ground with greater grace. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To beat or press with the feet; as, to tread a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tread on someone's toes — To offend someone • • • Main Entry: ↑toe * * * tread/step/on someone’s toes phrase to offend someone by doing something that they should be responsible for or that they have the authority to do I hope I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes by saying… …   Useful english dictionary

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