bleeding edge

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Blend of bleed +‎ leading edge, and metaphorically alluding to the cutting edge as a double-edged sword.


bleeding edge (plural bleeding edges)

  1. (idiomatic, technology, uncountable) Something too new and untested to be reliable or to have any assurance of safety; the figurative place where such things exist.
    on the bleeding edge of drone technology
    • 2017 July 7, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “The ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes ends up surrendering to formula”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      The motion-captured ape characters are the bleeding edge of digital effects, rarely short of impressive.



bleeding edge (comparative more bleeding edge, superlative most bleeding edge)

  1. (idiomatic, technology) that represents the latest developments in technology
    As you'd expect from a bleeding-edge tablet, it has plenty of other high-end features as well.


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Alternative form is valid only for the idiomatic meanings.