on edge
phrasal anxious, nervous

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on edge — Edge Edge ([e^]j), n. [OE. eg, egge, AS. ecg; akin to OHG. ekka, G. ecke, Icel. & Sw. egg, Dan. eg, and to L. acies, Gr. akh point, Skr. a[,c]ri edge. [root]1. Cf. {Egg}, v. t., {Eager}, {Ear} spike of corn, {Acute}.] 1. The thin cutting side of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on edge — {adj. phr.} Excited or nervous; impatient. * /The magician kept the children on edge all through his show./ * /We were all on edge as we listened to the TV for news of the election results./ * /Father was on edge after driving home through the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on edge — {adj. phr.} Excited or nervous; impatient. * /The magician kept the children on edge all through his show./ * /We were all on edge as we listened to the TV for news of the election results./ * /Father was on edge after driving home through the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on edge — ► on edge tense, nervous, or irritable. Main Entry: ↑edge …   English terms dictionary

  • on edge — index restive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • on edge — [adj] tense agitated, anxious, apprehensive, beside oneself*, bundle of nerves*, edgy, excited, fidgety, high strung*, hyper*, impatient, in a tizzy*, jittery, jumpy, keyed up*, nerve racking, nervous, nervous wreck*, overanxious, restless,… …   New thesaurus

  • on edge — TENSE, nervous, edgy, anxious, apprehensive, uneasy, unsettled; twitchy, nervy, keyed up, restive, skittish, neurotic, insecure; informal uptight, jumpy, wired; Brit …   Useful english dictionary

  • on edge — nervous or worried. You re always on edge waiting for an important call, because you don t really know when that phone will ring. Usage notes: often used in the forms set you on edge or put you on edge: The accident set us on edge for several… …   New idioms dictionary

  • on\ edge — adj. phr. Excited or nervous; impatient. The magician kept the children on edge all through his show. We were all on edge as we listened to the TV for news of the election results. Father was on edge after driving home through the heavy holiday… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on edge — Synonyms and related words: all nerves, antsy, antsy pantsy, anxious, apprehensive, breathless, chafing, eager, edgy, excitable, excited, fearful, fretful, fretting, frightened, hasty, high strung, hopped up, impatient, impetuous, in a lather, in …   Moby Thesaurus

  • on edge — adjective Tense, nervous or irritable. Waiting to see who had been chosen, we were all on edge …   Wiktionary

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