tiptoe around

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tiptoe around

:to avoid talking about (something) :to talk about (something) only in an indirect way
  • They tiptoed around the subject of her poor health.

Word by Word Definitions

tiptoe play
  1. : the position of being balanced on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised

  1. : to walk or proceed quietly or cautiously on or as if on tiptoe

  2. : to stand or raise oneself on tiptoe

  1. : on or as if on tiptoe

  1. : standing or walking on or as if on tiptoe

  2. : cautious, stealthy

around play
  1. : in a circle or in circumference

  2. : in, along, or through a circuit

  3. : on all or various sides : in every or any direction

  1. : on all sides of

  2. : so as to encircle or enclose

  3. : so as to avoid or get past : on or to another side of

  1. : about

  2. : being in existence, evidence, or circulation


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