Definition of razor edge in English:

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razor edge

(also razor's edge)


1A sharp edge of a knife, ax, or similar implement.
Example sentences
  • As he did with all of his knives he had sharpened the blade to a razor edge.
  • The razor edge nipped Adam on the cheek just below his eye.
  • Her sword and daggers were polished and honed to a razor edge.
1.1A state of sharp incisiveness: he had honed his mind to a razor edge
More example sentences
  • Would the preternatural rip-rocking San Diego punk heroes lose their razor edge, get sensitive, do a ballad maybe?
  • Eight years as a street cop and another three in NYPD's Protective Services Division had honed Derek's survival instincts to a razor's edge.
1.2 (the razor edge) The most advanced stage in the development of something; the cutting edge: in 1960 jet planes were the razor edge of chic


on the razor's edge

In a precarious or dangerous position: it is commonplace to believe that Finns live on the razor’s edge, at the mercy of their powerful neighbor
More example sentences
  • People live on the razor's edge not knowing when the bomber will strike.
  • These folks are risk takers living on the razor's edge of life!
  • A racer who lived on the razor's edge, he wanted to know why Rindt's accident happened.



Example sentences
  • Now all you need is a razor-edged credit card and you are ready to enter the gladiatorial pit that is the Christmas sales.
  • What had once been a razor-edged, crisply focused front sight suddenly turned into a furry, indistinct, gelatin-like blob.
  • Glass was shredded like paper into tiny, razor-edged shards.

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Syllabification: ra·zor edge

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