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What does running on the edge mean? Options
Hemant Patel 1
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:14:20 AM

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Ex. I was running on the edge to board the flight.
Please provide other examples.
Carmen Garcia 2
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:40:50 AM

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I don't think "Running on the edge" means anything.. Basically it not a grammatically correct term to use.. "Being on the edge" may be used when a person is in distress or being as it says "On the edge", like about to fall apart or Having got lots going for myself"

Sorry, but i cannot think of a sentence using "running on the edge" but you could say:

I am on the verge or edge of a nervous break down". Or " i am the edge of leaving everything and run away from it all" .Meaning i am at my last bit of keeping together.

I hope these helps!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:38:13 AM

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TFD Idioms:
https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/on+the+edge

Here: I was late and nearly missed my flight.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:39:19 AM
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Like your other question, this sentence was not written by a native speaker. It makes very little sense, and it's impossible to know what it even means.
coag
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:44:11 PM

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There's somethin' wrong with the world today, we are Livin' on the edge.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:31:06 PM
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Yes, sure - 'living on the edge' is a standard phrase - as are the others which the dictionaries provided.

But 'running ' on the edge? The edge of the road? The edge of the tarmac? The edge of the runway? In English "running on.." is a separate collocation and is usually followed by a noun - as in the preceding sentences.

If you look at how it's explained in the links above then try to insert "running" in front of the explanation does it make sense? "I was running [on the verge of becoming irrational] to board the flight? or "I was running [very close to doing something] to board the flight"?

See, I'm not being critical, but trying to show you how to work out for yourself whether something makes sense: consider the actual meaning of words themselves. It's not even necessary to know that the grammar is incorrect - if it doesn't make sense it isn't a sentence.

Do you get what I mean, or did I make it more confusing?
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:54:17 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
TFD Idioms:
https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/on+the+edge

Here: I was late and nearly missed my flight.

Yep. I agree with JJ. In AE, at least, this would be understood. I cannot say it is a standard idiom, but the meaning is clear.
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