heel-and-toe

[heel-uh n-toh]
adjective
  1. noting a pace, as in walking contests, in which the heel of the front foot touches ground before the toes of the rear one leave it.

Origin of heel-and-toe

First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for heel-and-toe

Historical Examples of heel-and-toe

  • The manner in which "heel-and-toe" was employed and varied, some abler historian may record.

    Bits of Blarney

    R. Shelton Mackenzie

  • But these methods have been rendered obsolete by the heel-and-toe technique of the playerpiano.

    Bizarre

    Lawton Mackall

  • This produced the heel-and-toe action treadle, a familiar part of the sewing machine until its replacement by the electric motor.


British Dictionary definitions for heel-and-toe

heel-and-toe

adjective
  1. of or denoting a style of walking in which the heel of the front foot touches the ground before the toes of the rear one leave it
verb
  1. (intr) (esp in motor racing) to use the heel and toe of the same foot to operate the brake and accelerator
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