Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

step on (sb's) toes

step on somebody's toes
Meaning(s)
1) upset or annoy somebody by interfering in their area of responsibility
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • I don't want to step on your toes
  • Analysis
     often done unintentionally
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. You need to make friends in this business to get ahead, so you can't afford to go round stepping on people's toes.
    2. I'm new here, so I hope I haven't stepped on anyone's toes by putting my name forward to deliver the sales pitch.
    3. I know you're trying to help, but this is Alan's project. You'd just step on his toes if you tried to offer advice.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I want to give Maria some advice but I don't want to seem like I'm stepping on her toes.
    2. I hate cooking with my mother in law is in the kitchen she's always stepping on my toes, making suggestions and commenting on what I'm doing.
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