Any idea about this idiom?
The context is: "I'm holding too tight and I've lost the edge I think..."
Last edited by jamiep; 18-Apr-2010 at 10:58. Reason: spelling error
To add some information, if the pilot is too relaxed it would be a bad thing too. He must have an amount of stress, tension to keep him alert.
Knowing where the edge is means that he can cope with the right amount of tension.
I believe that "the edge" in this idiom means "the advantage", as in the following definition:
Definition of edge noun (ADVANTAGE) from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus
In this context, it means he's lost the advantage over his opponent.
Successful people are ones that have a certain edge over others.
I used to be a cop, but when I lost the edge (over the crims), I knew I had to quit.
When you no longer have an edge, you've lost it.