Definition of razor edge in English:

razor edge

(also razor's edge)


  • 1A sharp edge of a knife or similar implement.

    ‘the razor edge cut deep into the side of the ship’
    • ‘As he did with all of his knives he had sharpened the blade to a razor edge.’
    • ‘Smite chuckled and tickled Mecha's neck with the razor edge of the cutlass.’
    • ‘Her sword and daggers were polished and honed to a razor edge.’
    • ‘The Samurai whirled and swung with lightning speed and the razor edge of the sword cut nice and neatly down the point.’
    • ‘The razor edge nipped Adam on the cheek just below his eye.’
    1. 1.1 A critical or precarious situation.
      ‘politically we are on a razor edge’
      • ‘For it seems clear that until Knight finds the real answer, he'll live, as always, on the razor's edge.’
      • ‘It's the struggle to convert sunlight into fruit structure that keeps Argyle's wines on the razor's edge.’
      • ‘People live on the razor's edge not knowing when the bomber will strike.’
      • ‘Its hipness is determined by the narrowness of the margin between art and fashion or between art and pornography; it dances on the razor's edge.’
      • ‘A racer who lived on the razor's edge, he wanted to know why Rindt's accident happened.’
      • ‘That organisation has placed great chunks of the planet on the razor's edge of catastrophe.’
      • ‘The crew had been on the razor's edge for over a year now, and was finally watching this phase of the war come to a close.’
      • ‘We're not exactly perched on the razor's edge of narrative innovation.’
      • ‘So even though they are on the razor's edge, the children of Chennai make the risky crossing each day.’
      • ‘These folks are risk takers living on the razor's edge of life!’
    2. 1.2the razor edge The most advanced stage in the development of something; the cutting edge.
      ‘in 1960 jet planes were the razor edge of chic’
    3. 1.3 A state of sharp incisiveness.
      ‘he had honed his mind to a razor edge’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would the preternatural rip-rocking San Diego punk heroes lose their razor edge, get sensitive, do a ballad maybe?’