Related to A-tiptoe: tiptoe around


adv.1.On tiptoe; eagerly expecting.
We all feel a-tiptoe with hope and confidence.
- F. Harrison.
References in classic literature ?
Eager faces strained round pillars and corners, to get a sight of him; spectators in back rows stood up, not to miss a hair of him; people on the floor of the court, laid their hands on the shoulders of the people before them, to help themselves, at anybody's cost, to a view of him--stood a-tiptoe, got upon ledges, stood upon next to nothing, to see every inch of him.
It reads: "This day is called the feast of Ninian, "He that supports this day, and comes safe home, "Will stand a-tiptoe when the day is named, "And rouse him at the cry of Cardiff City.
The soldier, he says, that lives through the battle will "stand a-tiptoe when this day is named / And rouse him at the name of Crispian," remembering English valor and victory on the field of Agincourt (4.