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Edge, subst. 1) extreme border, brink, margin: “to the e. of doom,” Sonn. 116, 12. “upon the e. of yonder coppice,” LLL IV, 1, 9. Merch. II, 2, 173. All's III, 3, 6. Troil. IV, 5, 68. Ant. II, 2, 117. Per. III, 3, 35.
2) the cutting side of a blade: Sonn. 95, 14. LLL I, 1, 6. V, 2, 257. H4B III, 2, 286. H5 II, 1, 25. H6C II, 2, 166. V, 2, 11. H8 I, 1, 110. Troil. III, 1, 165. V, 5, 24. Cor. I, 4, 29. Mcb. IV, 1, 151. V, 7, 19. Ant. IV, 15, 26. Plur. “--s:” Cor. V, 6, 113. Ant. II, 6, 39. give e. unto the swords == make them sharp, cutting: H5 I, 2, 27. to turn the e. == make it fall flat: H6B II, 1, 180. IV, 10, 60. “let not Bardolph's vital thread be cut with e. of penny cord,” H5 III, 6, 50 (Pistol's speech). Figuratively: “wit whose e. hath power to cut,” LLL II, 50. Tit. II, 1, 26. Cymb. III, 4, 36. “the e. of war,” H4A I, 1, 17. “commotion's bitter e.” H4B IV, 1, 93. “borrowing dulls the e. of husbandry,” Hml. I, 3, 77. “abate the e. of traitors,” R3 V, 5, 35.
Used for any thing very narrow: “he walked o'er perils on an e.” H4B I, 1, 170.
3) keenness, desire, appetite: thy (viz love's) “e. should blunter be than appetite,” Sonn. 56, 2. “rebate and blunt his natural e. with profits of the mind,” Meas. I, 4, 60. “affection's e.” Shr. I, 2, 73. “cloy the hungry e. of appetite,” R2 I, 3, 296. “give him farther e., and drive his purpose on to these delights,” Hml. III, 1, 26 (cf. H5 I, 2, 27). to take away or to take off the e. == to blunt it: Tp. IV, 1, 29. Hml. III, 2, 260. to set on e. == to sharpen, to make eager: “set my pugging tooth on e.” Wint. IV, 3, 7. And with an inverse form of expression: “set this bateless e. on his keen appetite,” Lucr. 9. == to take off the appetite, to disgust: “that would set my teeth nothing on e., nothing so much as mincing poetry,” H4A III, 1, 133 (properly == to grate on the teeth).
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