(to be) on edge

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on edge

"(to be) on edge"

to be nervous, tense or worried


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on edge

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you ready for your big presentation?

Colleague 2:  I think the presentation is ready but I am not so sure that I am.  I am really worried and nervous.  This presentation could make or break my career.

Colleague 1:  It's only natural that you are on edge.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on edge

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well, did you pass your driver's test?

Friend 2:  No! I failed again. The examiner put me on edge before the test and then I couldn't think straight.

Friend 1:  I know that you are a good driver. I guess you need to find some way to calm down during the test.

Sunday Fun Idiom

"(to be) on edge"

Sunday Fun Idiom - (to be) on edge

(to be) on edge - Usage:


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(to be) on edge - Gerund Form:

Being on edge is not good when going for an interview.

(to be) on edge - Examples:

1)  ... and food markets are on edge because American corn supplies are plummeting. 

2)  Veterans who have been driving convoys in Iraq or Afghanistan, are probably on edge having to look out for IED's while they were driving.

3)  She gives off a tense energy -- people around her seem nervous and on edge.

4)  A moody boss can set all the team on edge, when nobody else is sure what frame of mind the boss is going to ...

5)  Once you have had a bad IBS attack, it is common to remain on edge, wondering when the next attack will occur. 

6)  Clay said the recent loss of two firefighters has left her on edge. "I'm always concerned," Clay said. 

7)  The recent Google Penguin update has left plenty of webmasters on edge about potential indicators of over-optimization that could trigger current and future penalties if their sites ...

8)  The case has had the city on edge as questions swirl about how someone in police custody could have shot and killed himself.

9)   This put him seriously on edge and made his heart and breathing go crazy ...

10)  I often felt on edge before meeting him because he was always cantankerous, intense, razor sharp, and ...

11)  When we're nervous or on edge, we are more likely to bite our nails, play with our hair or ...

12)  You've had barely three hours of sleep and your nerves are on edge.

13)  ... it really puts the audience on edge because you don't want to see anything bad happen to them.

14)  I understand that the new budget restrictions have everyone a little bit on edge.

15)  That is enough to keep the market on edge and it would make traders think twice before selling the market.

16)  It leaves every character - and therefore the player - on edge about who can truly be trusted.

17)  ... symptoms such as excessive worry, restlessness, feeling on edge, avoiding activities that cause anxiety, and being overly concerned about health or finances ...

18)  SARS was a scary virus. So this new virus has everyone a little on edge, too.

19)  ... figure out how to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff," nerves are on edge.

20)  These conditions mean the citizens in Gaza will stay on edge as they wait and see what happens, despite their commitment to resist.