tiptoes


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tip·toe

 (tĭp′tō′)
intr.v. tip·toed, tip·toe·ing, tip·toes
To walk or move quietly on one's toes.
n.
The tip of a toe.
adj.
1. Standing or walking on one's toes.
2. Stealthy; wary.
adv.
1. On one's toes.
2. Stealthily; warily.
Idiom:
on tiptoe
Full of anticipation; eager: The children were on tiptoe before the birthday party.
Translations

tiptoes

npl on — de puntillas; to walk on tiptoes..caminar de puntillas
References in classic literature ?
ONCE upon a time there was a little fat comfortable grey squirrel, called Timmy Tiptoes. He had a nest thatched with leaves in the top of a tall tree; and he had a little squirrel wife called Goody.
It was the owner of the field, who was coming on tiptoes to see if, by chance, he had caught the Weasels which had been eating his chickens.
They were met by a deacon with a censer and by a servant who passed out on tiptoe without heeding them.
My coming had not aroused her, and so I stole nearer to her on tiptoe.
If I walk on tiptoe, he will be vexed; to tread firmly, I'm ashamed." Kitty evidently did not think of herself, and had no time to think about herself: she was thinking about him because she knew something, and all went well.
It was a July midnight; and from out A full-orbed moon, that, like thine own soul, soaring, Sought a precipitate pathway up through heaven, There fell a silvery-silken veil of light, With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber, Upon the upturned faces of a thousand Roses that grew in an enchanted garden, Where no wind dared to stir, unless on tiptoe -- Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses That gave out, in return for the love-light, Their odorous souls in an ecstatic death -- Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses That smiled and died in this parterre, enchanted By thee, and by the poetry of thy presence.
Bella tucked her arm in his with a merry noiseless laugh, and they went down to the kitchen on tiptoe; she stopping on every separate stair to put the tip of her forefinger on her rosy lips, and then lay it on his lips, according to her favourite petting way of kissing Pa.
He made his way there, walking on tiptoe, although his feet fell noiselessly upon the thick carpet.
Presently, she heard the step again, as she would have done if it had been that of a feather endowed with motion and walking down on tiptoe. Then gliding out as before, she again beheld the retreating figure of the 'prentice; again he looked cautiously in at the parlour-door, but this time instead of retreating, he passed in and disappeared.
This one mystic branch hung down before the main entrance of the Seven Gables, so nigh the ground that any passer-by might have stood on tiptoe and plucked it off.
Is it nothing that, where the pavement is rotten, I have to walk on tiptoe to save my boots?
Oolanga, having tried standing tiptoe on the highest point near, and holding the lantern as high as he could, threw the light round the edges of the door to see if he could find anywhere a hole or a flaw in the metal through which he could obtain a glimpse.