edging = surpassing?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by thetazuo, Jan 11, 2019 at 6:39 PM.

  1. thetazuo

    thetazuo Senior Member

    China
    Chinese - China
    All told, these four fires burned more than 200,000 acres and destroyed more than 7,000 structures in less than a week. With that, the Camp Fire became the most destructive fire in the state’s history, edging the 5,600 structures the Tubb Fire destroyed in Sonoma and Napa Counties last year.
    (Time magazine)

    Hi. Does the bold part mean “surpassing”?
    Thank you.
     
  2. coiffe

    coiffe Senior Member

    USA
    American English
    Just barely surpassing. Or surpassing, but not hugely.
     
  3. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    I agree with coiffe. I would have said "edging out the 5,600 structures..."
     
  4. coiffe

    coiffe Senior Member

    USA
    American English
    :thumbsup:
     
  5. thetazuo

    thetazuo Senior Member

    China
    Chinese - China
    Thank you both so much.
     
  6. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    It surpassed it by 20%. In my personal opinion that's more than "edging" but apparently they think it applies.
     

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