Definition of on edge in US English:

on edge

phrase

  • Tense, nervous, or irritable.

    ‘never had she felt so on edge before an interview’
    • ‘So, people are on edge and are a little puzzled as to exactly what comes next and what's happening at the moment.’
    • ‘For the time being I'm still slightly on edge, expecting to be disturbed.’
    • ‘The sports community, and ethicists in general, are understandably on edge.’
    • ‘She couldn't help but notice that he looked a little on edge, as if he was nervous or something.’
    • ‘That sort of conversation puts me terribly on edge, though, because it feels so patronizing.’
    • ‘Recent events have kept the world on edge, the threat of terrorism a constant hot-button topic.’
    • ‘The Democrats are daring to hope and the Republicans are testy and on edge.’
    • ‘We were all on edge with the sort of nervous energy needed to focus the mind.’
    • ‘I guess you can see that this whole political scenario has me a bit on edge.’
    • ‘It is very sad that because of such strikes, the health sector remains on edge, deep tensions dividing it.’
    tense, nervous, edgy, highly strung, anxious, apprehensive, uneasy, ill at ease, unsettled, unstable
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