take the floor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take the floor rise in order to make a speech or motion
    • v take the floor stand up to dance
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Quotations

  • Warren Gamaliel Harding
    Warren Gamaliel Harding
    “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!”

Idioms

Take the floor - Start talking or giving a speech to a group
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Usage

In literature:

I have already told Olstrom, the housekeeper, to take your bag and other things up to the next floor.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
When they reached the top landing, Dorian set the lamp down on the floor, and taking out the key turned it in the lock.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Taking a large jack knife from his waistcoat he began to cut into the wall, about four feet from the floor.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
He takes his foot off the chair and puts it on the floor.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
But Milt didn't take over and Pop sent Nappy in with a pile-driver right that smashed Frankie to the floor.
"Vital Ingredient" by Gerald Vance
Do not take heels off the floor, nor hands off the wall, nor eyes off the ceiling right overhead.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
Teddy followed him two floors and then rushed out to take the elevators.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
It did not take them many seconds to spring to the floor and turn round to look through what aperture they had made their escape.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
Take cells out carefully and set on the floor.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Who invited you to take the floor?
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
I can still see Mr. Bradlaugh in my mind's eye, bustling about on the ground floor, taking everything as usual on his own shoulders.
"Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh" by George W. Foote
It careened down as the floor tilted, taking with it anything that stood in its way.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
Well, Miss Morgan, now you may take the floor.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Fat sandbags were just taking the places of potted geraniums on the sills of first floor windows.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
She even washed the floor, to take up any loose dust, and "make it sweet," as she said.
"Anxious Audrey" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
But the idea of you sleeping on the floor, and me taking up the whole bed!
"The Newsboy Partners" by Frank V. Webster
When Nucky returned this evening from taking the babe home, he came into my room, and threw himself on the floor.
"Mothering on Perilous" by Lucy S. Furman
I want to take a walk on the floor.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
I take my seat upon the floor and await developments.
"Within Prison Walls" by Thomas Mott Osborne
As soon as we stood on the beaten floor of hard earth, we could not take our eyes from what we beheld at the upper end.
"Deep Moat Grange" by S. R. Crockett
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In poetry:

Take hold
And lift him down the stairs,
Put him on the rollers
Over the floor of the hearse.
"Pals" by Carl Sandburg
Deuce take the wall, boys,
Deuce take the floor, boys,
Deuce take the jolly floor,
Deuce take us all, boys!
"The Recruit's Ball" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Nought now remains (the floor well trod)
But warm my shins, or take a nod;
Till gloves are on, hat o'er the eye--
"'Tis striking five--and so good by."
"A Day" by William Hutton
Take your home in my heart's still chambers,
Let your footsteps be on the floor,
Till the smiles of your joy and gladness
Make this earth as it was before.
"Ah! The Dreams" by Alexander Anderson
Nathless the sacred shrine is holy yet,
With its lone floors where reverent feet once trod.
Take off your shoes as by the burning bush,
Before the mystery of death and God.
"In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport" by Emma Lazarus
In the scene that ensued
I did not take a hand,
But the floor it was strewed
Like the leaves on the strand
With the cards that Ah Sin had been hiding,
In the game "he did not understand."
"Plain Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

The Rules Committee takes the up the plan from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), to allow a floor vote Wednesday for another 90-day extension which would go through September 30.
"It is fine for hybrids to take the floor at shows like Geneva, but they are still only a minor part of the car market," said Mike Steventon, head of automotive at KPMG.
When the Banks boys and girls basketball teams take the floor tonight they won't be doing so against a particularly special opponent.
Kentucky is back on the Rupp Arena floor Saturday taking on Portland.
If your daily workout consists of taking the stairs to the vending machines one floor up, it might be time to sprinkle in a little more exercise.
All three floors of the mansion will be decorated and visitors can take tours.
That's how much it would take for McSmith, the owner of the historic Crabtree Building on Fisher Street near the Plaza, to rebuild the top floor that burned a few weeks ago.
However, that doesn't mean they have to take up most of the living room floor.
When St John's (6-3) takes the floor against Fordham (1-7) in the opener of the.
BEDFORD — The Bedford North Lawrence boys basketball team (3-3) will attempt to get back above.500 Friday night when it takes to the floor against Madison (2-3).
Mel Gibson confronted a photographer on Tuesday night after his friend fell to the floor trying to prevent the snapper from taking shots of the star.
The restored penthouse suite takes up the entire eighth floor of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
The latest, Perch , opens its elevator doors and take you up thirteen floors through the Pershing Building and then yet another two more flights.
Take the elevator to the top floor.
This exhibition will take place in the Governor¹s Gallery, New Mexico, in the State Capitol Building on the Fourth Floor and will be on view March 30 ­ June 10, 2007.
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