Related to A-tiptoe: tiptoe around


adv.1.On tiptoe; eagerly expecting.
We all feel a-tiptoe with hope and confidence.
- F. Harrison.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Expectation stood a-tiptoe. At length it was put forth that on our slackest time of that evening betwixt trains, Our Missis would give her views of Foreign Refreshmentin, in the Bandolining Room.
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."
Addressing his soldiers before the battle, Henry reminds his army that "This day is called the Feast of Crispian." 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 (4.3.40-43).