tread the boards

Definition of tread the boards


  1. :  to perform on a stage as an actor It's been many years since he first trod the boards on Broadway.

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

boardplay boards
  1. :  border, edge

    :  the side of a ship

    :  a piece of sawed lumber of little thickness and a length greatly exceeding its width

  1. :  to come up against or alongside (a ship) usually to attack

    :  accost, address

    :  to go aboard (such as a ship, train, airplane, or bus)

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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