That endows him with significant business gravitas along with a certain freedom from toeing the party line.
Murdoch, though, has insisted on toeing the line, even writing a letter to the committee doubling down on his claims.
Brandon was toeing a chalked line on a heavy log of mahogany, unconscious of the mischief that was working at home.
They and the black boys and girls are all toeing and heeling it together.
At last he stepped forward and spoke, with a moist blush overspreading his face, toeing in and teetering with embarrassment.
She had made him turn Presbyterian and kept him toeing the Presbyterian mark all his life.
The big, round tracks, toeing in a little, made a chill go over me.
Johnnie did not move—except to shift his look from the laths to the door knob, and take up his toeing of the crack at his feet.
In her eagerness Kyzie spoke as if the matter were all arranged and she could almost see the children "toeing the mark."
Helen saw big round tracks, toeing in a little, that gave her a chill.
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.