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Tense at the border (2,4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

on edge

Here is my best explanation:

'tense' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'at the border' is the subsidiary indication.

'at' becomes 'on' (location).

'the border' becomes 'edge' ('edge' can be a synonym of 'border').

'on'+'edge'='onedge'

(Other definitions for on edge that I've seen before include "Tense and irritable, very nervous", "'Tense, nervous (2,4)'", "Apprehensive", "Fidgety, nervous", "Nervy, tense and irritable", "Tense and irritable, with nerves stretched", "All agog", "Irritable", "Nervous, irritable" and "Nervously excited".)

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