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cutting edge

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

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

  1. the leading position in any field; forefronton the cutting edge of space technology
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adjective cutting-edge
  1. at the forefront of people or things in a field of activity; leadingcutting-edge technology
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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.

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