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 Topic: Tow or Toe?  
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Webster

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Subject:  Re: Chapter 12 - The Regents Arrive
Date:  Aug 17, 2007 4:37:10 pm
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tow the line


Somebody straighten me out on this once and for all.

Is it toe the line or tow the line?

My beloved Gram explained the meaning of this often used phrase once when I was a child. She said it's TOE the line. Foot races, she said, have a starting line. The runners line up there, placing their toes as nearly across it as they dare, but never passed a certain point. When people "toe the line" they are following the rules, stopping themselves from crossing said line and conforming to expectation.

Yet, I see it written as tow everywhere! Am I the only one who uses toe? Was Gram, the grammatical bane of my existence wrong?

How does tow the line fit? Does this have nautical nuance that I missed somewhere? If you tow a line, it would seem to me you're going to pull a skiier, rescue someone or haul a disabled vessel somewhere... ????
 
  
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WordTickler

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Subject:  Re: Chapter 12 - The Regents Arrive
Date:  Aug 19, 2007 2:35:16 am
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Webster wrote:
Quote:
tow the line
Is it toe the line or tow the line?

I just reworded it. Not really so fond of it that I'm willing to risk future debates on the issue... Laughing

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Subject:  Re: Tow or Toe?
Date:  Aug 22, 2007 12:14:03 am
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Guess nobody wants to take on the tow jam. Crying or Very sad
 
  
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Subject:  Re: Tow or Toe?
Date:  Aug 22, 2007 12:14:54 am
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Webster wrote:
Guess nobody wants to take on the tow jam. Crying or Very sad

Hey, my hands are up, as I back away...

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Subject:  Re: Tow or Toe?
Date:  Aug 22, 2007 12:20:31 am
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WordTickler wrote:
Webster wrote:
Guess nobody wants to take on the tow jam. Crying or Very sad

Hey, my hands are up, as I back away...


You'd better tiptow or I'll find you and drag you back!
 
  
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Subject:  Re: Tow or Toe?
Date:  Aug 22, 2007 1:31:25 am
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Webster wrote:
tiptow

You're so clever! Wink

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Subject:  Re: Tow or Toe?
Date:  Aug 23, 2007 6:09:13 pm
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Thats just bad grammar/spelling.

I was taught "toe the line"

tow the line makes me picture a tow truck pulling a line Laughing
 
  
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