One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object, with adverbial of direction Walk on the tips of one's toes; tiptoe.‘he tippy-toed around the house’
- ‘It's hard to tippy-toe around the subject when the subject opens the door, asks you in, gives you a drink, and agrees with everything you say.’
- ‘A couple of hours of tippy-toeing around and we'd only covered a distance of maybe twice this room, and all we'd come across was a half dozen planks of wood.’
- ‘‘When you go into the lion's den, you don't tippy-toe in,’ Ravens coach Brian Billick said.’
- ‘I was therefore decidedly nervous as I tippy-toed out of my drive in Autodelta's passport to the next life.’
- ‘By the time we had passed Pip, Chris & the Gloucester contingent on their way out, and tippy-toed past the four sleepy Lesser Horseshoe bats, we were well into the cave.’
- ‘We have to tippy-toe in and out of our houses because of the muck and dirt on it.’
- ‘The black clouds of despair have lifted from the household as my mood and energy levels have improved, and now my husband doesn't have to tippy-toe around me and do crazy chicken dances to try and cheer me up.’
- ‘When I hit the second set of barriers, I actually RAN over them instead of tippy-toeing.’
- ‘They had to tippy-toe about for hours on end before leaping six feet into the air from a standing start.’
- ‘The more things stay the same, the more they change - at least in the present analysis of the defending champion Angels, who tippy-toe into the final two months of the season in very familiar surroundings.’
on tippy-toe (or tippy-toes)
informal On the tips of one's toes; on tiptoe.‘Kurt was mincing around on tippy-toes’
- ‘You want to portray a tragedy with pretty girls on tippy-toes?’
- ‘If I stand on tippy-toes, it is just possible to inspect the rubber seal along the top of the door.’
- ‘Most of the time, Marino is a perfect gentleman, but he can put his head and tail into the air with no warning and walk around on tippy-toe, a la his diminutive Arabian ancestors.’
- ‘‘I was amazed and delighted and started walking around flat-footed instead of on tippy-toes.’’
- ‘I grab his collar to pull myself close to him and even on tippy-toes, my mouth doesn't reach his ear.’
- ‘I step away and plié, then go up on tippy-toe as well as I can in these shoes and turn gracefully, extending my arms over my head.’
- ‘Obviously a female in her shape and form, she was standing on one of the chairs on tippy-toe, leaning over the tabletop, a rag in her left paw.’
Late 19th century: alteration of tiptoe.
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