toe

noun
ADJECTIVE
big

The shoe pressed painfully against her big toe.

little, pinky (AmE)
bare

Under his bare toes the floor felt gritty.

broken, stubbed

the pain of a stubbed toe

VERB + TOE
stand on, step on, tread on (esp. BrE)

She stood on her toes to kiss him.

Ouch! That was my toe you just trod on.

She trod on a lot of toes when she joined the company. (figurative)

stub
break
dip

I dipped my toe in the river to test the temperature.

So far they have only dipped their toe in the potentially vast computer market. (figurative)

point
curl
wiggle
tap

She tapped her toes to the music.

touch

Can you touch your toes (= while keeping your legs straight)?

TOE + VERB
curl (often figurative)

The man's broad smile made her toes curl (= made her feel uncomfortable).

TOE + NOUN
injury
PREPOSITION
between the/your toes

He had some kind of fungus between his toes.

on your toes

He moved lightly on his toes like a boxer.

The threat of inspections kept us all on our toes (= made sure we kept everything up to standard and were ready). (figurative)

PHRASES
from head to toe, from top to toe

He gave himself a good scrub from head to toe.

the tips of your toes

I stood on the tips of my toes to look through the window.

the toe of your boot, the toe of your shoe

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Toe — Toe, n. [OE. too, taa, AS. t[=a]; akin to D. teen, G. zehe, OHG. z[=e]ha, Icel. t[=a], Sw. t[*a], Dan. taa; of uncertain origin. [root]60.] 1. (Anat.) One of the terminal members, or digits, of the foot of a man or an animal. Each one, tripping… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toe — [tō] n. [ME to < OE ta, earlier tahe, akin to Ger zehe < IE base * deik̑ , to show > TEACH, L dicere, to say, digitus] 1. a) any of the five jointed parts at the front of the human foot; digit b) the forepart of the human foot c) the… …   English World dictionary

  • Toe — Toe, v. i. To hold or carry the toes (in a certain way). [1913 Webster] {To toe in}, to stand or carry the feet in such a way that the toes of either foot incline toward the other. {To toe out}, to have the toes of each foot, in standing or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toe — Toe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toeing}.] To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to; as, to toe the mark. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toe — UK US /təʊ/ verb [T] ● toe the line Cf. toe the line …   Financial and business terms

  • toe — ► NOUN 1) any of the five digits at the end of the foot. 2) the lower end, tip, or point of something. ► VERB (toes, toed, toeing) ▪ push, touch, or kick with one s toes. ● make someone s toes curl …   English terms dictionary

  • toe-in — toe′ in n. aum the slight forward convergence given to the front wheels of an automobile to improve steering qualities • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • toe-in — [tō′in΄] n. nearly parallel alignment of the front wheels of a motor vehicle such that the front edges are slightly closer together and so provide necessary tension on the steering linkage …   English World dictionary

  • Toe — This article is about the body part. For other uses, see Toe (disambiguation). Ring toe redirects here. For the ring designed to be worn on a toe, see Toe ring. Toes Toes on the foot. The innermost toe (bottom left in image), which is normally… …   Wikipedia

  • toe — /toʊ / (say toh) noun 1. (in humans) one of the terminal members or digits of the foot. 2. an analogous part in other animals. 3. the forepart of the foot or hoof of a horse or the like. 4. a part, as of a stocking or shoe, to cover the toes. 5.… …   Australian English dictionary

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