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ragged edge

the brink, as of a cliff.
any extreme edge; verge.
on the ragged edge, in a dangerous or precarious position; on the verge or brink of:
on the ragged edge of despair.
Origin of ragged edge
1875-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • About and about the walls she went, peering up at their ragged edge, at the huge crumbling towers, at the storks on steep roofs.

  • Don't, I beg of you, live on the ragged edge of your nerve force.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • Have a piece of waste wood put on the under side to prevent the burr, or ragged edge, left by the sawing.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • Yes, when Elizabeth's lookin' at her she's right on the ragged edge of tears.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • This character may be metaphorically described by the statement that nature as perceived always has a ragged edge.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • If that wasn't enough, Jason was on the ragged edge of exhaustion.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • This sentiment, from one of his yachting songs, smoothed the ragged edge of his feelings.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • If, however, the solder is too cold, a ragged edge will result.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • The woman stopped crying, and looked up appealingly, while she wiped her eyes on the ragged edge of the blanket.

    One Man in His Time Ellen Glasgow
  • I know how it feels to be on the ragged edge,—been there myself.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde

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