verb (used without object), trod, trod·den or trod, tread·ing.
verb (used with object), trod, trod·den or trod, tread·ing.
Words nearby tread
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 treadtread·er, nouno·ver·tread, nounsub·tread, noun
British Dictionary definitions for tread water
verb treads, treading, trod, trodden or trod
Derived forms of treadtreader, noun
Word Origin for tread
Idioms and Phrases with tread water (1 of 2)
Expend effort that maintains one's status but does not make much progress toward a goal, as in He was just treading water from paycheck to paycheck. This idiom alludes to the term's literal meaning, that is, “keep one's head above water by remaining upright and pumping the legs.”
Idioms and Phrases with tread water (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