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  • adj. Tense, nervous or irritable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See to set the teeth on edge.


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  • It set my teeth on edge to hear them miscalled by scornful nicknames, Scabby or Bandy or Squint, and talked of in their presence as if they were dogs.

    The King Must Die

  • Everyone’s nerves were so on edge that it was a relief to see Boisset light a cigarette.

    Maigret has Scruples

  • "Is it true," he said in a sepulchral voice that set the teeth on edge and made goose bumps chase themselves up my back, "that you will give this fine chess set to anyone who beats you?"

    Father Swarat

  • "Rolling prairie, with grassy, swelling knolls, small ponds and marshes, to Chippeway River; camp of odometer wagon on edge of river; water and grass good; no wood.

    Minnesota and Dacotah: in letters descriptive of a tour through the North-west, in the autumn of 1856. With information relative to public lands,

  • Cavuto had been on edge since they'd pulled up an hour ago.

    You Suck

  • The Admiralty dismissed the demand, explaining that perhaps the Q-ship’s captain and crew had been on edge because eight British steamers were sunk that day on the Western Approaches, one of these being the 15,000-ton White Star liner Arabic, which Baralong had heard crying for help.

    Castles of Steel

  • Each ballist seemed more nervous and on edge than the next.


  • In fact, shed been on edge ever since the night hed proposedthe same night she ran and locked herself in the bathroom, thinking hed made love to her.

    The After Wife


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  • = nervous

    April 30, 2010