bleeding edge

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Blend of bleed +‎ leading edge, and metaphorically alluding to the cutting edge (forefront or position of greatest advancement in some field) as a double-edged sword.



bleeding edge (plural bleeding edges)

  1. (technology, idiomatic) 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
    • 1968, Scott Francis Brenner, Ways of Worship for New Forms of Mission, page 79:
      They would be the creators of strategy, generators of action and the bleeding edge of the church, ever pushing toward the front lines of conflict.
    • 1977, Infosystems, volume 24, page 64:
      A few leading edge (some say "bleeding" edge) users have stepped into the arena and their experiences have helped sharpen our perception of what the electronic office can be.
    • 2017 July 7, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “The Ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes Ends Up Surrendering to Formula”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 27 November 2017:
      The motion-captured ape characters are the bleeding edge of digital effects, rarely short of impressive.

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