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keep one on one's toes

keep one on one's toes English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Feb 06 2020

Themes: Family, Time


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“As innocent as she may seem, every time I put her on the floor or the ground, she crawls to an electrical plug or eats something in her mouth. And she’s been keeping me on my toes recently.”

—Ebaby!’s Kat, speaking about watching her baby sister

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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require a person to be alert; need to be watched all the time

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Kat helps to take care of her baby sister, Grace. She has to be careful because Grace will put almost anything into her mouth! This keeps Kat on her toes. She must watch Grace all the time. It would be dangerous not to watch her.

Many things can keep us on our toes, such as work or school. But when you’re on your toes, you pay close attention to things. You can do many things this way, but you might also get tired. What keeps you on your toes? How often do you need to pay close attention to things?

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1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“My Advanced Math class really keeps me on my toes.”

“You never know what Steve will do. He keeps everyone on their toes.”

“Having a new puppy keeps you on your toes.”


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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

My father keeps me on my toes and every day I should be careful and take care of him.

08:44 PM Jun 25 2018 |

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The goalkeepers at the World Cup better stay on their toes. If they dont, they could esily get a ticket home .-)

03:52 PM Jun 25 2018 |



Of course. As a mother of prekindergarten child, there must be many things keeping me on my toes all the time.

 As Kat mentioned in the article, it might be going wrong at any time when the baby could crawled freely if there no mother’s extra alert and extra care.

  Even  mother need to take care of the child who had got the ability of running around before kindergarten , preventing  him from fall and lost.  All that took mother’s all time and energy.

  I remembered it always was panic that I couldn’t see my child when we were playing out. Although it was no problem finally every time , I still felt worry when my daughter was out of my sight every time outside. 

07:04 AM Jun 25 2018 |


United Arab Emirates

Whenever my sister is leaving her doutgher to me to look after her so that time I fee also same my niece  keeps me on hers toes.and one University teacher keeps all his students on his toes 

03:00 AM Jun 25 2018 |

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