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To surpass, overtake, or defeat, especially by a narrow margin or degree. With sales of their new affordable smartphone surging, the company has finally edged out the leading mobile phone distributor from the top spot in the market. The newcomer managed to edge out the reigning champion by just a few technical points at the end of the championship boxing match.
Surpass or defeat by a small margin, as in She edged out her opponent on the home stretch. [Late 1800s]
1. To move something gradually: He edged the car out of the garage.
2. To displace or surpass someone or something gradually: The large company began to edge out its competitors one by one. One of my coworkers is trying to edge me out of my job.
3. To surpass or beat someone by a small margin: The incumbent edged out the challenger by 200 votes. The runner edged her opponent out at the last moment.