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