step on (someone's) toes

step on (someone's) toes
step/tread on (someone's) toes to say or do something which upsets someone, especially by becoming involved in something which is their responsibility.

I'd like to make some changes to the working procedures, but I don't want to tread on anyone's toes.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • step on someone's toes — step on (someone s) toes to upset someone, esp. by getting involved in something that is their responsibility. It s hard to make changes in the department without stepping on a lot of toes. He s willing to step on toes to get things done …   New idioms dictionary

  • step on someone's toes — If you step on someone s toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • step on someone's toes — tread/step/on someone’s toes phrase to offend someone by doing something that they should be responsible for or that they have the authority to do I hope I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes by saying this. Thesaurus: to insult or offend… …   Useful english dictionary

  • step on someone's toes —    If you annoy or irritate someone by intervening in a situation that is their responsibility, you step on their toes.     I could offer some advice but I m afraid of stepping on someone s toes …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • step on someone's toes — verb To cause someone offense, especially by trying to control something that is under their authority, or interfering in their private affairs. I didnt think Id be stepping on my sisters toes when I told my nephew to sit up straight at the… …   Wiktionary

  • tread (or chiefly N. Amer. step) on someone's toes — offend someone by encroaching on their area of responsibility. → tread …   English new terms dictionary

  • step\ on\ one's\ toes — • step on one s toes • step on the toes of • tread on one s toes • tread on the toes of v. phr. To do something that embarrasses or offends someone else. If you break in when other people are talking, you may step on their toes. Mary is pretty,… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tread on someone's toes — To offend someone • • • Main Entry: ↑toe * * * tread/step/on someone’s toes phrase to offend someone by doing something that they should be responsible for or that they have the authority to do I hope I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes by saying… …   Useful english dictionary

  • step or tread on someone's toes — idi step or tread on someone s toes, to offend a person by encroaching on his or her rights or responsibilities …   From formal English to slang

  • step on one's toes — or[tread on one s toes] {v. phr.} To do something that embarrasses or offends someone else. * /If you break in when other people are talking, you may step on their toes./ * /Mary is pretty, and she often treads on the toes of the girls by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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