tiptoe n

tip, n. + toe, n.

  1. Stretching out of feet; extension of the legs in order to reach as far as possible; [fig.] position of crucifixion with the body stretched out and the feet nailed to the cross.
  2. Phrase. “on tiptoe”: reaching as high as possible; standing up on the top of the feet to make oneself as tall as possible.

tiptoe [-d] v

see tiptoe, n.

  1. Step lightly; walk softly on the tips of the toes so as to not make noise; [fig.] slip quietly away from this life to the next.