step on (someone's) toes

Definition of step on (someone's) toes

US, informal
:to do something that upsets or offends (someone)
  • You might step on some important people's toes with this project.

Word by Word Definitions

step play
  1. : a rest for the foot in ascending or descending: such as

  2. : one of a series of structures consisting of a riser and a tread

  3. : a ladder rung

  1. : to move by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere or by moving each foot in succession

  2. : dance

  3. : to go on foot : walk

  1. : related by virtue of a remarriage (as of a parent) and not by blood

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

toe play toes
  1. : one of the terminal members of the vertebrate foot

  2. : the fore end of a foot or hoof

  3. : a terminal segment of a limb of an invertebrate

  1. : to touch, reach, or drive with the toe

  2. : to furnish with a toe

  3. : to drive (something, such as a nail) obliquely


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