tread on (someone's) toes

Definition of tread on (someone's) toes

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

Word by Word Definitions

tread play
  1. : to step or walk on or over

  2. : to walk or proceed along : follow

  3. : to form by treading : beat

  1. : the part of a wheel or tire that makes contact with a road or rail

  2. : the pattern of ridges or grooves made or cut in the face of a tire

  3. : the part of a shoe or boot sole that touches the ground

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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