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edge

noun  us   /edʒ/

edge noun (OUTER POINT)

[C] the outer or farthest point of something: the edge of a cliff/table They walked down to the water’s edge. fig. Hitchcock’s films often kept moviegoers at the edge of their seats (= kept them eagerly interested).

edge noun (LIMIT)

[C usually sing] a point beyond which something unpleasant or very noticeable is likely to happen: It was reported that the company is on the edge of collapse. The loss of his job almost pushed him over the edge.

edge noun (BLADE)

[C] the side of a blade that cuts, or any sharp part of an object: Careful with that open can – it’s got a very sharp edge.

edge noun (ADVANTAGE)

[U] an advantage: Because of her experience she has the edge over the other applicants.

edge noun (NERVOUS CONDITION)

on edge If you are on edge, you are nervous and not relaxed: Carly seemed on edge while her family was away.

edge

verb [always + adv/prep]  us   /edʒ/

edge verb [always + adv/prep] (MOVE)

to move slowly with gradual movements or in gradual stages: [T] A long line of traffic edged its way forward. [I] Inflation has begun to edge up during the last six months.
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