from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. On tiptoe; eagerly expecting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On tiptoe.
  • Figuratively, in a state of high expectation or eagerness.


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  • Craigengelt rose, went a-tiptoe to the door, peeped out, shut it carefully, came back again, clapped his tarnished gold-laced hat on one side of his head, took his glass in one hand, and touching the hilt of his hanger with the other, named, “The King over the water.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • He made hay of his hair after he said this, and he stood a-tiptoe.

    Somebody's Luggage

  • She came up a-tiptoe and kissed his mouth, then hurried after Brianna, already at the edge of the clearing.

    Drums of Autumn

  • She waited a moment, breathless for him to continue, a-tiptoe to hear him say the magic three words.

    Gone with the Wind

  • And I've no doubt it did, to judge by the gasps and sobs and rhythmic pagoda tinklings which pursued me as I fled a-tiptoe for the archway.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • The jailer finished by lifting himself a-tiptoe with an imaginary halter, at the same time making a gurgling noise in his throat suggestive of suffocation.

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  • Perhaps while all the world is a-tiptoe in the packed ballroom, or crowding the broad piazzas of the hotel, this will be an opportune moment in which to drop a word regarding Mrs. Peyton Stewart.

    Peggy Stewart: Navy Girl at Home

  • All around this avenue, into which the sea sometimes rushed like an invading host of armed men, the laurels and the delicate trees that love to bend over the sources of the forest-streams hung half-uprooted and perilously a-tiptoe over the brink of shattered rocks, and withered here and there by the touch of the salt foam, towards which they seemed nevertheless fain to droop, asking tidings of the watery world beyond.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • When she was very small she had stretched a-tiptoe and with little pointing forefinger counted rows and rows of little black books that Aunt Olivia had "kept."

    Rebecca Mary

  • The bows tremble upon the strings, like the limbs of a dancer, who, a-tiptoe, prepares to bound into her ecstasy of motion.

    The Violin Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators


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