tiptoe around
To act very cautiously about something; to avoid speaking about a painful or controversial issue.

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  • tiptoe around — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms tiptoe around : present tense I/you/we/they tiptoe around he/she/it tiptoes around present participle tiptoeing around past tense tiptoed around past participle tiptoed around 1) tiptoe around something to… …   English dictionary

  • tiptoe around — …   Useful english dictionary

  • tiptoe — tip|toe1 [ tıp,tou ] noun on tiptoe(s) if you stand or walk on tiptoe, you stand or walk on your toes: If he stood on tiptoe, he could reach the shelf. tiptoe tip|toe 2 [ tıp,tou ] verb intransitive to walk on your toes: We tiptoed down the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tiptoe — tip|toe1 [ˈtıptəu US tou] n on tiptoe/on (your) tiptoes if you stand or walk on tiptoe, you stand or walk on your toes, in order to make yourself taller or in order to walk very quietly ▪ She stood on tiptoe to kiss him. tiptoe 2 tiptoe2 past… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tiptoe — I. noun Date: 14th century the position of being balanced on the balls of the feet and toes with the heels raised usually used with on; also the ends of the toes II. adverb Date: 1592 on or as if on tiptoe III. adjective Date: 1593 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tiptoe — I UK [ˈtɪpˌtəʊ] / US [ˈtɪpˌtoʊ] noun on tiptoe(s) with only your toes on the ground If he stood on tiptoe, he could reach the shelf. II UK [ˈtɪpˌtəʊ] / US [ˈtɪpˌtoʊ] verb [intransitive] Word forms tiptoe : present tense I/you/we/they tiptoe… …   English dictionary

  • tiptoe — 1. verb /ˈtɪp̚.toʊ/ a) To walk quietly when only the tips of the toes touch the ground. b) Alternative spelling of tip toe. See Also: tiptoe around 2. noun /ˈtɪp̚.toʊ/ The tips of ones toes collectively …   Wiktionary

  • on tiptoe — phrasal : aroused, alert, atiptoe she was very animated, very much on tiptoe L.C.Douglas the contest of skill that puts one on tiptoe to win Deerfield (Wis.) Independent * * * on tiptoe 1. On the tips of one s toes, as if trying to be quiet or… …   Useful english dictionary

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