A toe is one of the digits at the end of the foot. Each foot has a big toe, a little toe and three in between. The plural is ‘toes’.

toe idioms list

Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘toe’.

  • dip one’s toe in the water
    meaning – be cautious when starting something new
    example – My brother loves painting. He’s just dipping his toe in the water at the moment.
  • from head to toe
    meaning – all over one’s body
    example – I’m going to the school prom dressed from head to toe in bling.
  • go toe to toe with someone
    meaning – start a fight/argument with someone
    example – The rookie boxer is going toe to toe with the reigning champion tonight.
  • keep someone on their toes
    meaning – be alert, focused, concentrate or ready for anything to happen
    example – The CEO is coming on Tuesday, you all need to be on your toes.
  • make one’s toes curl
    meaning – feel very annoyed/ashamed/disgusted/embarrassed
    example – It made my toes curl when Michelle ate that mouldy sandwich from the bin.
  • toe the line
    meaning – follow the rules
    example – You’ve got to start toeing the line or you’ll get kicked out of school.
  • tread on someone’s toes
    meaning – offend someone by doing something that is their job.
    example – I’d love to take my stepson to his first game, but I don’t want to tread on his father’s toes.

toe idioms list with pictures

Here’s some real life picture examples.

toe idioms - dip one’s toe in the water
toe idioms - keep someone on their toes
toe idioms - toe the line

You can download a table of ‘toe’ idioms and expressions below.

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