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ragged edge

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noun
  1. the brink, as of a cliff.
  2. any extreme edge; verge.
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Idioms
  1. on the ragged edge, in a dangerous or precarious position; on the verge or brink of: on the ragged edge of despair.
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Origin of ragged edge

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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Historical Examples

  • They are mostly on the “border-land,” if not on the “ragged-edge” of insanity.

    The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul

    Jirah D. Buck