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ragged edge


  1. the brink, as of a cliff.
  2. any extreme edge; verge.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ragged edge1

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80

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Idioms and Phrases

  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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Example Sentences

Even though another ragged edge of a flower appears to vanish every time I check, the stems, now more pronounced, give the impression of growing because they lean toward each other.

From Time

On a breezy February afternoon at the ragged edge of rapidly gentrifying downtown Los Angeles, hipsters walk toy dogs along Pico Boulevard.

Why in thunder am I out here on this ragged edge of civilization struggling with almost primitive conditions?

If, however, the solder is too cold, a ragged edge will result.

Things came to the ragged edge of a rush, but white men ran in with rifles and cutlasses.

And trading on margin means trading on the ragged edge of nothing.

Treading water, he held them up, getting close to the ragged edge of the ice.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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