have an edge on

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have an edge on

Also, have the edge on. Have an advantage over, as in Our team has an edge on them, or In this competition our town has the edge. The use of edge here alludes to the power to cut, transferred to a margin of superiority. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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