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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
The Meaning of On Edge
Monday September 21st 2020
What does "on edge" mean? — An English Learner, United States

The phrase "on edge" means "feeling nervous" or "not calm and relaxed." It is used to say that someone is having feelings of being worried and afraid about what might happen. Below are some examples of how it is used.

  • The students were on edge before the final exam in their math class.
  • The singer didn't usually feel on edge before performances—she was calm and ready to sing.
  • He was feeling extremely on edge before the interview for his dream job.
  • We were on edge watching the final minutes of football game.


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