cutting edge

cutting edge


  • to be among the latest and the best (often used for technological advancements)
  • to be better than its competitors, thereby cutting the edge for them

Example Sentences

  1. The company has introduced cutting edge technology which will handle all client servicing issues.
  2. I do not have the cutting edge technology that is required to break this market, yet.
  3. These artists are at the cutting edge of their art and hence the paintings on this side of the exhibit are costlier than the rest.
  4. Through the use of cutting edge technology, now we can print organs using 3D printers that can cater to every person requiring an organ transplant.
  5. The company has always maintained that it wants to stay ahead of competition through the use of cutting edge
  6. What would some of these illiterate people understand of cutting edge technology?


The phrase is seen as a follow up of “having an edge over”. In the business world, cutting this edge through the launch of something that is either bigger, better or both is regularly done by all parties. The phrase is related to technology and has been used since the 19th century.


  • advance guard
  • avant-garde
  • driving force
  • front line
  • front rank
  • leading position
  • spearhead

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The art of sword-making employed the ability to put the finest steel edge on the most used edge of the blade.

- Perry July 12, 2021

@Priscilla Raj

By being better than competitors, you are at the edge (getting better client visibility) and hence cutting it for others. I hope that the explanation makes it easier to understand.

The Idioms Team.

- Fatima November 1, 2017

Didn’t understand the second meaning – ‘…thereby cutting the edge for them’

- Priscilla Raj October 31, 2017

Very helpful to teachers of English Language.

- Mrs. Santosh Nath August 1, 2017

Quite a good explanation, that would be helpful to both teachers and
learners of the English Language.

- Mrs. Santosh Nath August 1, 2017

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