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the black ox has trod upon (one's) foot

obsolete One has been beset upon by trouble or misfortune. "Black ox" here refers to Satan. I am in low spirits, for the black ox has trod upon my foot since last we met.
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the black ox has trod upon (one's) toe

obsolete One has been beset upon by trouble or misfortune. "Black ox" here refers to Satan. I am in low spirits, for the black ox has trod upon my toe since last we met.
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as ever trod shoe-leather

As ever walked the earth; as ever lived. You're as talented a baseball player as ever trod shoe-leather!
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tread tackie

obsolete To drive or extremely quickly; to burn rubber. Possibly connected to the adjective "tacky," referencing the effect of heat on rubber. I told him to tread tackie and we peeled out so fast that we left tracks on the pavement.
See also: tackie, tread

tread a thin line between (something)

To navigate or strike a balance between two sides, positions, or approaches to something, especially when trying to avoid one of them. The film treads a thin line between parody and homage. As a new parent, you have to tread a thin line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective.
See also: line, thin, tread

tread a fine line between (something)

To navigate or strike a balance between two sides, positions, or approaches to something, especially when trying to avoid one of them. The film treads a fine line between parody and homage. As a new parent, you have to tread a fine line between looking out for your child's welfare and being overprotective.
See also: fine, line, tread

tread tackie

drive or accelerate.
1989 Daily Dispatch By the time they finally trod tackie on the road out, a full week had gone by.
Tackies are plimsolls. The origin of the word is uncertain, though there may be a connection with the English adjective tacky , meaning ‘slightly sticky’, perhaps referring to the effect of extreme heat on the plimsolls' rubber soles.
See also: tackie, tread