on the ragged edge

ragged edge

noun
1.
the brink, as of a cliff.
2.
any extreme edge; verge.
Idioms
3.
on the ragged edge, in a dangerous or precarious position; on the verge or brink of: on the ragged edge of despair.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism

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