Idiom: Cutting Edge
Meaning: The most modern or advanced point of something, at the forefront, newest, up-to-date, the leading or most important part of a movement , leading edge; commonly used as both a noun and adjective
Context #1 – Belinda and Sal are studying
Sal: This new phone is great for studying. While reading this book on my phone for class, I can look up unknown words instantly with one tap, write notes with a stylus in the margins, and quickly find commentary and explanations on the internet. I don’t even need a computer.
Belinda: Wow, that’s nice! I do a lot of studying on my iPad. I can’t imagine what it was like before all this cutting edge technology.
Sal: I know! Can you imagine reading a book and then looking up the words in a paperback dictionary? That would take forever!
Belinda: Well, my grandma says she will never go back to the way it was before. She is on the cutting edge of technology, despite her age!
Sal: Good for her! I cannot imagine it any other way.
Context #2 – Daphne is asking about Cecil’s new watch
Daphne: Is that a new Apple Watch?
Cecil: Yes, it is. My parents gave it to me for my birthday.
Daphne: That’s so cool! You are on the cutting edge of technology and fashion with such a nice looking watch!
Cecil: Thank you!
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Meaning: The idiom “cutting edge” means the most modern or advanced of something and can be used as both a noun and adjective. In context one, they are discussing cutting edge (adjective) technology and Belinda’s grandma who is on the cutting edge (noun) of technology. In context 2, Daphne thinks that Cecil’s watch is on the cutting edge (noun) of fashion as well as technology.