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 (countable and uncountable, 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
  2. (countable) Used other than as an idiom: see bleeding,‎ edge.



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.