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noun
  1. the sharp edge of a cutting implement.
  2. forefront; lead: on the cutting edge of computer technology.

Origin of cutting edge

First recorded in 1950–55
Related formscut·ting-edge, adjective
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cutting edge

noun
  1. the leading position in any field; forefronton the cutting edge of space technology
adjective cutting-edge
  1. at the forefront of people or things in a field of activity; leadingcutting-edge technology
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cutting edge

also cutting-edge, 1825 in the literal sense (often at first with reference to plows); figurative sense is from 1964.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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