cutting edge, at the

Also, on the cutting edge. In the forefront, in a position of greatest advantage or importance. For example, In my youth I was at the cutting edge of medical research, or Our company is on the cutting edge of gene therapy. This metaphoric phrase alludes to the sharp edge of a knife or other cutting tool. [c. 1950]


Nearby words

  1. cutthroat trout,
  2. cutting,
  3. cutting board,
  4. cutting compound,
  5. cutting edge,
  6. cutting fluid,
  7. cutting garden,
  8. cutting grass,
  9. cutting horse,
  10. cutting oil

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