- a journal or part placed vertically in a bearing, as the lower end of a vertical shaft.
- a curved partial cam lifting the flat surface of a follower and letting it drop; wiper.
verb (used with object), toed, toe·ing.
- to drive (a nail) obliquely.
- to toenail.
verb (used without object), toed, toe·ing.
Origin of toe
Examples from the Web for toeing
Contemporary Examples of toeing
That endows him with significant business gravitas along with a certain freedom from toeing the party line.Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Defies Party to Engage GOP on a Deficit deal
December 28, 2011
Murdoch, though, has insisted on toeing the line, even writing a letter to the committee doubling down on his claims.James Murdoch's Smoking Gun
November 2, 2011
Historical Examples of toeing
They and the black boys and girls are all toeing and heeling it together.Paddy Finn
W. H. G. Kingston
The big, round tracks, toeing in a little, made a chill go over me.Tales of lonely trails
She had made him turn Presbyterian and kept him toeing the Presbyterian mark all his life.Rainbow Valley
Lucy Maud Montgomery
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.The Rich Little Poor Boy
At last he stepped forward and spoke, with a moist blush overspreading his face, toeing in and teetering with embarrassment.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
verb toes, toeing or toed
Word Origin for toe
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with toe
- toe the line
- dip one's toes into
- from head to toe
- on one's toes
- step on someone's toes
- turn up one's toes