verb (used without object), trod, trod·den or trod, tread·ing.
verb (used with object), trod, trod·den or trod, tread·ing.
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Idioms for tread
- Swimming. to maintain the body erect in the water with the head above the surface usually by a pumping up-and-down movement of the legs and sometimes the arms.
- Slang. to make efforts that maintain but do not further one's status, progress, or performance: He's just treading water here until he can find another job.
Origin of tread
OTHER WORDS FROM treadtreader, nouno·ver·tread, nounsubtread, noun
Words nearby tread
Example sentences from the Web for tread
His instincts kicked in, and he looked down, seeing squelched mud imprinted with ribbed tread marks.Bee theft is almost a perfect crime—but there’s a new sheriff in town|Andrew Zaleski|February 9, 2021|Popular Science
We feel their strangeness when we read their words—they lived on a plane where few dare to tread.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It really set the tone for the second half of Season 5, ending with that great “tread lightly” encounter between Hank and Walt.Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016|Marlow Stern|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The interim, however, is ours, and here we must tread carefully.Alleged Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger and the Twisted Cult of Modern Masculinity|James Poulos|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The moral philosopher Michael Sandel observed, “Fundamentalists rush in where liberals fear to tread.”How Liberals Abandoned Religion to the Fundamentalist Right|Christopher Moraff|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She says that Italy must tread carefully not to allow this to happen.‘Hero’ Doc Accused of Harvesting Stem Cells in Dirty Basements|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their heads might have been turned upside-down, so absolutely did they tread upon blue ether.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
You know MacRae, Lyn; it's mighty poor business for any man to tread on his toes, much less go walking rough-shod all over him.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
At last, some one came, a man, and his firm tread of boot-shod feet betokened a soldier.
He shall not tread out wine in the press that was wont to tread it out: the voice of the treaders I have taken away.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The lowing of cattle and the soft stumbling tread of many unshod feet told him that some one was approaching.
British Dictionary definitions for tread
verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod
Derived forms of treadtreader, noun
Word Origin for tread
Idioms and Phrases with tread
In addition to the idioms beginning with tread
- tread the boards
- tread water
- fools rush in where angels fear to tread
- step (tread) on one's toes