That's the line also toed by hawks in Congress, who wait in the wings of talks to enact ever-harsher measures against Iran.
Lindsay was the best forward in many respects that ever toed a ball for Dumbarton.
We lost little Lieut. ——, the best man that ever toed the line.
Burrish and Hawke toed the same line on the morning of February 22d, and they had had that day at least equal opportunity.
So they talked, as all partisan crowds do, while Bastian toed the mark.
There was a viciousness in the pitching of Sam when he toed the plate that showed how his feelings had been stirred.
Abe toed the penny mark, and that's how he got his reputation.
After a time Farr came into a village, a hamlet of small houses which toed the crack of a single street.
Generally the feet are clumsy in shape and three toed, suggesting the feet of the tapir.
He was a very genteel fellow, but I noticed that he toed in, and that he had a very German cast of countenance.
Old English ta (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taikhwo (cf. Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen, Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"), probably originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes). The Old English plural tan survived in southwestern England to 14c. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921.
"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which seems to be nautical in origin.
The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them 'toe the mark.' [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]Related: Toed; toeing.
Any of the digits of a foot.