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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- 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 treadtread·er, nouno·ver·tread, nounsub·tread, noun
British Dictionary definitions for tread the boards
verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod
Derived forms of treadtreader, noun
Word Origin for tread
Idioms and Phrases with tread the boards (1 of 2)
Act on the stage, as in Her main ambition was to tread the boards in a big city. This idiom uses boards in the sense of “a theatrical stage,” a usage dating from the mid-1700s. It dates from the mid-1800s but was preceded by the idiom tread the stage, first recorded in 1691.
Idioms and Phrases with tread the boards (2 of 2)
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