tread the boards

Definition of tread the boards

old-fashioned

  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

treadplay
  1. :  to step or walk on or over

    :  to walk or proceed along :  follow

    :  to beat or press with the feet :  trample

  1. :  a mark (something, such as a footprint or the imprint of a tire) made by or as if by treading

    :  the action of treading

    :  an act or instance of treading :  step

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 (as a ship, train, airplane, or bus)


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