Cliche of the Week 15 – Knife Edge

September 6, 2010 at 12:50 am 4 comments

The government, the economy and almost any sports championship are all on a knife edge.

And the fabric of the world is so frail that water supplies in wetter climates wobble on the sharp side.

Knife edge” appears in the mainstream media about 120 times a week. Add blogs and web news and it’s more like 1400.

“Being free of living on a knife edge where any slip could cut you to pieces.” (Former British PM Tony Blair in his memoirs, September 2)

“The water supply to the country’s largest urban area is on a knife edge, with senior managers warning that members of the public will have to conserve water.” (Irish Examiner, July 26)

“Labor’s 10-point lead on a two-party-preferred basis at the start of the election campaign has been reduced to a knife edge.” (The Australian, July 26)

“The championship match between Glamorgan and Leicestershire at Swansea is on a knife edge going into the final day.” (The Leicester Mercury, July 24)

“Across the channel, the euro-zone national debt crisis is still raging, and in the US the economy is on a knife edge.” (The Times, July 15)

Read the Cliche of the Week in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Maryanne Khan  |  September 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Occam’s razor anyone? Seems our three Independent friends are on a knife edge invoking so many variables that another cliche comes into play, that given a multitude of choices, the only option is paralysis.

  • 2. Maryanne Khan  |  September 7, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Now we’re really on a knife edge! Bob Kattar has gone an hour early to announce he’s chucked his hat into the Liberal stewpot.

  • 3. sarah toa  |  September 11, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Not a pleasant place to sit …

  • 4. Maryanne Khan  |  September 12, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I’ve notice ‘keep across’ creeping into reporting (an from the mouth of the Copper Queen herself) a lot this past week.


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