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on a knife-edge
Very anxious or worried about a difficult or stressful situation. I am on a knife-edge right now, waiting to hear if my contract has been extended—if not, I'll need to find a new job. Our grandmother is very ill, so we are all on a knife-edge these days.
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COMMON If someone or something is on a knife-edge, they are in a situation in which nobody knows whether something good or something bad is going to happen next. No further incidents have been reported today, but this remains a town on the knife-edge of conflict. With recovery poised on a knife-edge the country needs a leader with vision and stature. Note: You can also say that someone walks a knife-edge. The company could fail at any moment. They're walking a knife-edge. Note: You can also use knife-edge before a noun. The government faces a knife-edge vote on its plans for the coal industry.
on a knife-edge (or razor's edge)in a tense situation, especially one finely balanced between success and failure.
2000 South African Times UK With the game poised on a knife-edge, the Wallabies won a ruck and George Gregan's pass was floated to the flyhalf, who picked his line perfectly.