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brink of disaster

A point very close to complete ruin, destruction, or failure. Our company was on the brink of disaster, but after our latest product came out, we've been doing better than ever before! The increasing tension of looming war between the two countries has brought the entire region to the brink of disaster.
See also: brink, disaster, of

teeter on the brink of (something)

To be very close to doing something or of having some imminent event happen, especially that which is bad or disastrous. The company is still doing business, but ever since the recession hit, they've been teetering on the brink of closing down. The crew are so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is teetering on the brink of mutiny.
See also: brink, of, on, teeter

teeter on the edge of (something)

To be very close to doing something or of having some imminent event happen, especially that which is bad or disastrous. The company is still doing business, but ever since the recession hit, they've been teetering on the edge of closing down. The crew are so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is teetering on the edge of mutiny.
See also: edge, of, on, teeter

be on the brink of (doing something)

To be on the verge of doing something or of having some imminent event happen, especially that which is bad or disastrous. The company is still doing business, but ever since the recession hit they've been on the brink of closing down. The crew is so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is on the brink of quitting.
See also: brink, of, on

on the brink of (something)

On the verge of doing something or of having some imminent event happen, especially that which is bad or disastrous. The company is still doing business, but ever since the recession hit they've been teetering on the brink of closing down. The crew is so maddened by the pay cuts that everyone is on the brink of mutiny. We're on the brink of success with these experiments, I just know it.
See also: brink, of, on

drive someone to the edge

 and drive someone to the brink
fig to drive someone almost insane; to drive someone close to doing something desperate. Your trouble with the police has driven me to the brink! The next time you are arrested, I will not get you out of jail.
See also: drive, edge

on the brink (of doing something)

Fig. on the verge of doing something; almost to the point of doing something. I was on the brink of selling my car to make ends meet when the tax refund came in the mail.
See also: brink, on

teeter on the brink (or edge)

be very close to a difficult or dangerous situation.
1997 James Ryan Dismantling Mr Doyle Letting her secret teeter on the brink of becoming public was a game Eve played more and more.
See also: brink, on, teeter

teeter on the ˈbrink/ˈedge of something

be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation: The country is teetering on the brink of civil war.
If something teeters, it stands or moves in an unsteady way as if it is going to fall.
See also: brink, edge, of, on, something, teeter
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In June 2016, ULG completed its acquisition of Merrill Brink International ("Merrill Brink"), the languages services division of Merrill Corp.
The most important thing to the retailer is that Brinks has over an 85 percent recognition factor," said Mort Stuhlbarg, chief executive at Sisco.
Peter Michael, president and chief executive of Brinks Home Security said in a prepared statement, "We believe our new association with Sisco will continue to further [Brinks brand] reputation and will create instant added value to the company's safe lines.
For instance, Sisco will include in the packaging of the Brinks series a coupon mailer in which consumers can get Brinks home wiring and monitoring at a reduced price.
Brinks is running a $15 million television advertising campaign this fall for its home security systems, and in some markets, Brinks safes will be tagged at the end of the 30-second commercial, Stuhlbarg said.
Brinks said Wednesday that it transports large amounts of cash on the same flight every week, raising speculation that the gang might have had inside information.
Partnering with the Brinks, who are well known and highly respected in the LSP business, we will be able to quickly establish a U.
The Brinks sold the company to Merrill Corporation in 2005, and were directly involved in helping Merrill Brink International become one of the top 20 language services companies in the world.
Announcing BGS euroscript: Joint Venture Between Brink Global Solutions and euroscript International
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brink Global Solutions, LLC, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and euroscript International, S.
market," said Jeff Brink, President of BGS euroscript.
Brink @ 70 teenswoordige tendense in kommunikasie weerspieel, het ook 'n kleurvolle afdruk van Cyril Coetzee se skildery van "T'kama-Adamastor", geinspireer deur Brink se Die eerste lewe van Adamastor van 1988.
Tydskrif vir Letterkunde se huldigingsnommer bevat agt artikels gewy aan Brink-romans, 'n Marxisties-literere toepassing, 'n vergelykend studie, 'n transkripsie van 'n onderhoud wat Louise Viljoen met die skrywer gevoer het, en 'n gedig oor Brink.
Die artikels oor Brink se werk tree nogtans op interessante wyse met mekaar in gesprek.
The purport of the article writer is that the omnipresent author has faded away in Brink novels, to be replaced by a homodiegetic narrator; in the later novels especially the genderist voice can be heard.