bleeding edge

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.

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Adjective[edit]

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.