2 [in singular] A very tense or dangerous situation: worried investors could be living on a knife-edge for the next twelve months
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- ‘The timing could not be more critical, the trade talks are on a knife-edge and we need to see leadership from the EU,’ she added.
- The economy is still on a knife-edge and there is growing popular discontent with falling living standards and the lack of basic democratic rights.
- The livelihoods of 6,000 people are on a knife-edge, as they wait to be told if Rover can continue as a going concern.
3A sharp mountain ridge; an arête.
- We dropped our packs and did a fast recon up to the base of Koh-i-Bardar to find our line: a steep couloir to a knife-edge ridge to the summit.
- After another couple of hours, we made our way gradually along a knife-edge ridge, careful to stay off the cornice which hung over a spectacular 1,000 metre drop to our right.
- When I caught up with Bryan, he was gingerly backstepping along a knife-edge arête.
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