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edge

noun uk   /edʒ/ us  

edge noun (OUTER POINT)

B1 [C] the outer or furthest point of something: He'd piped fresh cream around the edge of the cake. They built the church on the edge of the village. A man was standing at the water's edge with a small boy. I caught (= hit) my leg on the edge of the table as I walked past.

edge noun (BLADE)

B2 [C] the side of a blade that cuts, or any sharp part of an object that could cut: Careful with that open tin - it's got a very sharp edge.

edge noun (ALMOST)

[C usually singular] the point just before something very different and noticeable happens: The company is on the edge of collapse. The government had brought the country to the edge of a catastrophe. push/drive sb over the edge informal If an unpleasant event pushes someone over the edge, it makes them start to behave in a crazy way: She had been driven over the edge by the separation from her husband.

edge noun (ADVANTAGE)

C2 [S] an advantage over other people: In terms of experience, she definitely had the edge over the other people that we interviewed.

edge noun (ANGER/NERVOUSNESS)

[U] a small but noticeable amount of anger in someone's voice: There's a definite edge to/in her voice when she talks to her husband. on edge C2 nervous and not relaxed: Is something wrong? You seem a bit on edge this morning.

edge

verb [I or T, + adv/prep] uk   /edʒ/ us  
to move slowly with gradual movements or in gradual stages, or to make someone or something move in this way: A long line of traffic edged its way forward. Inflation has edged up to five percent over the last two years. Those who disagreed with the director's viewpoint were gradually edged out of (= forced to leave) the company.
(Definition of edge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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