at the cutting edge

at the cutting edge

At the forefront of technological developments or advancements. The new company I work for is at the cutting edge of medical science. I think some of their new instruments are going to revolutionize the field of medicine.
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cutting edge, at the

Also, on the cutting edge. In the forefront, in a position of greatest advantage or importance. For example, In my youth I was at the cutting edge of medical research, or Our company is on the cutting edge of gene therapy. This metaphoric phrase alludes to the sharp edge of a knife or other cutting tool. [c. 1950]
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at the cutting edge of something

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on the cutting edge of something

COMMON If something is at the cutting edge of or on the cutting edge of an area of activity, it is one of the most advanced developments in that area. No designer can be at the cutting edge of the fashion industry for more than 15 years. The company has always prided itself on being on the cutting edge of computer technology. Note: You can also simply talk about the cutting edge of a particular area of activity. This is the cutting edge of medicine. Note: You can also use cutting-edge before a noun. These were the men and women doing the cutting-edge research. These are cutting-edge technologies and we must support them.
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