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ragged edge

the brink, as of a cliff.
any extreme edge; verge.
on the ragged edge, in a dangerous or precarious position; on the verge or brink of:
on the ragged edge of despair.
Origin of ragged edge
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Once more I am counting the coppers, living on the ragged edge.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Yes, when Elizabeth's lookin' at her she's right on the ragged edge of tears.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Don't, I beg of you, live on the ragged edge of your nerve force.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • If that wasn't enough, Jason was on the ragged edge of exhaustion.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • If, however, the solder is too cold, a ragged edge will result.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • Law and order upheld him, while I titubated, cabbageless, on the ragged edge.

  • I know how it feels to be on the ragged edge,—been there myself.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Nor did I with deep and dark design keep him along on the ragged edge.

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
  • The ragged edge where it was torn from the rest is just dipping into the sea.

    The Lost Kafoozalum Pauline Ashwell
  • I became acquainted with the ragged edge of the British Empire.

    Aliens William McFee

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