tread on the toes of (someone)

Definition of tread on the toes of (someone)

British, informal

  1. :  to do something that upsets or offends (someone) You might tread on the toes of some important people with this project.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to step or walk on or over

    :  to walk or proceed along :  follow

    :  to form by treading :  beat

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

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

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

toeplay toes
  1. :  one of the terminal members of the vertebrate foot

    :  the fore end of a foot or hoof

    :  a terminal segment of a limb of an invertebrate

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

    :  to furnish with a toe

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

  1. :  some person :  somebody

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a trip made at another's expense

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