tread the boards
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.
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The reigning queen of hip-hop treads the boards in her teen years.
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Their heads might have been turned upside-down, so absolutely did they tread upon blue ether.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
It was only a hut of rough boards, carelessly knocked together for a shepherd's temporary home.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
In the first place, two or three thicknesses of the paper should be spread on one of the boards.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
That he discovered two staples upon one side, which was all of boards, without any passage for light.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift