from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The edge of a cliff.
  • n. A dangerous or precarious position; a brink: "the gray, grainy, complex nature of existence and the ragged edges of our lives as we actually live them” ( A. Bartlett Giamatti).


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  • After igniting them with his talent, he balanced the net-covered iron spheres on the ragged edge of the hose-cut until the flames disappeared into the necks of the shells.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • Eric yelled, the ragged edge of panic serrating her name.


  • The froth and foam, the sticks and debris at the watertop may have an uncertain movement, but as deep calleth unto deep the mighty ocean swell is always true to the tides; and whatever the fluctuations along the ragged edge between the races, the home instinct is sufficiently strong with each to hold the great mass true to its attractions.

    A Voice From the South


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