One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sharp edge of a knife, ax, or similar implement.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1the razor edge The most advanced stage in the development of something; the cutting edge.‘in 1960 jet planes were the razor edge of chic’
- 1.2 A state of sharp incisiveness.‘he had honed his mind to a razor edge’
- ‘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.’
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’
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