Tense, nervous, irritable, as in We were all on edge as we waited for the surgeon's report. This expression transfers the edge of a cutting instrument to one's feelings. [Late 1800s] Also see on the edge; set one's teeth on edge.
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Not to be left behind, progressives in neighboring Wisconsin clamored to join the cutting edge of public health.
Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
French officials were already on edge after a series of apparently unconnected attacks, including the stabbing of police officers.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.
He was hurrying towards the corner of the palace grounds when a shriek from Winifred set his teeth on edge.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The first man my eyes lighted upon as I stepped inside was MacRae, humped disconsolately on the edge of a bunk.
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.
Squinty turned around, standing on the edge of the little brook, and waited, his heart beating faster and faster.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum