Definition of bleeding edge in English:

bleeding edge


  • The very forefront of technological development.

    • ‘The bleeding edge is just too expensive for minimal speed gains.’
    • ‘Because the people who can afford to sit on the bleeding edge of technology are so rarely capable of even switching it on.’
    • ‘It's official: I am now (at least) several weeks behind the bleeding edge.’
    • ‘Letting a VC funded startup shoulder the cost for an expensive bleeding edge technology has historically been a very successful model.’
    • ‘Such as it is, I've been complaining to myself, silently, that I no longer have the intuition and drive to sit on the bleeding edge of technology to report back to the masses as though I were nothing more than a glorified news anchor.’
    • ‘The bleeding edge people here understand and use RSS.’
    • ‘Typically my thoughts about my own voice have preceded the zeitgeist, and I am once again on the bleeding edge.’
    • ‘On the bad side, I feel that I'm never going to be at the bleeding edge of anything, save a slippery kitchen knife.’
    • ‘Blogging, if nothing else, is the bleeding edge of vanity publishing.’
    • ‘Download it to be at the bleeding edge of fashion (if it's not been default-installed with some other application first, without you knowing).’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there's nothing much else going on besides a shambolic topple off of the bleeding edge she's inhabited for so long.’
    • ‘We're that kind of place, y'know, on the bleeding edge and all that.’
    • ‘Believe me, when one is 26 years, single, working on the bleeding edge of technology in a superpower economy, earning somewhere around $100K, who will have the time to think about one's roots?’
    • ‘Convenience stores are not exactly on the bleeding edge of information technology, and having lots of locations can really be a problem for keeping track of the figures.’
    • ‘Top of the Pops is not, despite what it tries to tell you, a half hour anthology of the bleeding edge of pop music.’
    • ‘And to be on the bleeding edge of hip, people instinctively look for ‘the next thing,’ in order to be always seen as a leader, an early adopter, to distinguish oneself from the Joneses.’
    • ‘It's also because the real action in media policy is on the bleeding edge of technology, where all the consequences are hypothetical.’
    • ‘As quite frankly the fear of being in 2nd place or being less than a top ten tier is what keeps many companies in this industry on the bleeding edge of technology, whether that edge is make belief or for real.’
    • ‘Because this is a development box rather than a gaming machine, it's more important that a sound card be well supported with stable drivers than that it hug the bleeding edge of audio technology.’
    • ‘When I started, I was at the bleeding edge of communications.’


1980s: on the pattern of leading edge, cutting edge.