razor's edge

variants: or razor edge

Definition of razor's edge

used in various phrases to refer to a dangerous position or a position in which two different things are carefully balanced
  • He's a thrill-seeker who likes living on the razor's edge.
  • The country's future is balanced on a razor's edge.
  • He walks a/the razor edge between humor and bad taste in his comedy.

Word by Word Definitions

razor play
  1. : a keen-edged cutting instrument for shaving or cutting hair

edge play
  1. : the cutting side of a blade

  2. : the sharpness of a blade

  3. : force, effectiveness

  1. : to give an edge to

  2. : to be on an edge of

  3. : to move or force gradually


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