step on someone's toes
Also, tread on someone's toes. Hurt or offend someone. For example, Be careful what you say about her losing weight; don't step on her toes, or Would I be stepping on someone's toes if I asked to help out with the party arrangements? This metaphoric idiom transfers physical to emotional pain. [Late 1300s]
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Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And yes, someone has already called Spencer a “Small Fry,” har har.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For someone with anorexia, self-starvation makes them feel better.
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she continued.
Binge eating and purging does the same for someone with bulimia.
The bride elect rushes up to him, and so they both step down to the foot-lights.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
But, when the car came thundering down, it was crammed to the step; with a melancholy gesture, the driver declined her signal.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Sol got up, slowly; took a backward step into the yard; filled his lungs, opened his mouth, made his eyes round.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The latter trod on the toes of the former, whereupon the former threatened to "kick out of the cabin" the latter.