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edge (used in various fig. applications of literal phrases “take away, take off, turn, blunt, abate the edge”; cf. sense 2; humorously misused in Mer.V. II. ii. 180 “ of a feather-bed,” H5 III. vi. 50 “ of penny cord” )
1. cutting weapon, sword Cor. V. v. 113 “Stain all your edges on me.”
2. keenness of appetite or desire Shr. I. ii. 73 “Affection's ,” R2 I. iii. 296 “cloy the hungry of appetite.”
3. “give” (a person) “an ,” stimulate, incite him Ham. III. i. 26.
4. perilous path on a narrow ridge 2H4 I. i. 170 “he walk'd . . . on an ” ; cf. the phr. ‘on a razor's edge’.
5. utmost point or limit Troil. IV. v. 68.
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