cutting

cutting
The cutting edge, based on the notion of a tool doing effective work, is a modern idiom meaning ‘the pioneering aspect of an enterprise’. It is derived from a figurative meaning that dates from the 1850s, and to be at the cutting edge is to belong to the forefront of progress or fashion:

• No one of these people…would ever have considered themselves an educational pioneer, but the work they did was always at the cutting-edge of program development —W. M. Cruickshank, 1958

• The original Korova, a cutting-edge bar and gig venue, is very different to glamourous, converted church Alma de Cuba —Guardian, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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