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

proverb 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.
See also: black, foot, ox, trod, upon

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

proverb 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.
See also: black, ox, toe, trod, upon

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: between, fine, line, 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: between, line, thin, tread

tread on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to walk on someone or something Please don't tread on the sidewalk until the cement is totally dry. I wasn't watching where I was going and nearly trod on the man lying on the ground.
2. To treat someone harshly, unjustly, or oppressively. The tyrannical government continued to tread on the people of the land until the 1974 uprising. If the company keeps treading on its employees like this, most of them will end up taking their skills elsewhere.
See also: on, tread

tread out

obsolete To press something with feet or hooves, so as to separate some desirable part from it. One traditional way of threshing grain or cereal was to spread them on the floor in a circle and have oxen or bullocks tread them out. The peasants tread out the grapes, while the wealthy enjoy the wine that is produced as a result.
See also: out, tread

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 upon (someone or something)

1. Literally, to walk on someone or something Please don't tread upon the sidewalk until the cement is totally dry. I wasn't watching where I was going and nearly trod upon the man lying on the ground.
2. To treat someone harshly, unjustly, or oppressively. The tyrannical government continued to tread upon the people of the land until the 1974 uprising. If the company keeps treading upon its employees like this, most of them will end up taking their skills elsewhere.
See also: tread, upon
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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
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