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A-tiptoe   Listen
adverb
A-tiptoe  adv.  On tiptoe; eagerly expecting. "We all feel a-tiptoe with hope and confidence."






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"A-tiptoe" Quotes from Famous Books



... individual perfection. But the expense is true economy, for, however it may be in ethics, in aesthetics the end justifies the means. The solitary pine, unhindered, symmetrical, green to its lowermost twig, as it rises out of the meadow or stands a-tiptoe on the rocky ledge, is a thing of beauty, a pleasure to every eye. A pity and a shame that it should not be more common! But the pine forest, dark, spacious, slumberous, musical! Here is something better than beauty, dearer than pleasure. When ...
— The Foot-path Way • Bradford Torrey

... paper in my hands; instantly everybody, a-tiptoe with curiosity, clustered around to see. And this is what we all read—the prettiest and most cunningly devised and disguised verse that ever was writ—or so ...
— The Hidden Children • Robert W. Chambers

... of star that drowns itself by hundreds in the river Thames—the many-rayed silver-white seed that makes journeys on all the winds up and down England and across it in the end of summer. It is a most expert traveller, turning a little wheel a-tiptoe wherever the wind lets it rest, and speeding on those pretty points when it is not flying. The streets of London are among its many highways, for it is fragile enough to go far in all sorts of weather. But it gets disabled if ...
— Essays • Alice Meynell

... the stillness of the grave. Every guest had fled as quickly as he could from this retreat of a naked and ashamed soul. Where pipers played as a custom, and laughter rang, there was the melancholy hush of a monastery. The servants went about a-tiptoe, speaking in whispers lest their master should be irritated in his fever; the very banner on the tower hung limp about its pole, hiding the black galley of its blazon, now a lymphad of disgrace. As we went over ...
— John Splendid - The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn • Neil Munro



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