OK, this just occurred to me this morning as I was reading a review of a play. The author of the review said that the director, “. . . toes the fine line. . . “. My first thought was that he had used the wrong spelling of the word “toes”. In my mind one “tows the line” as in the old canal boats towed by mules or men.
But on further consideration, using “toes” can also make sense! In darts or target shooting, one’s toes are placed on the line that denotes the nearest approach to the target that is allowable, hence, “toe the line”.
I’m conflicted! What do YOU think is the proper spelling for “To(w)(e) the line”, and why?