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on the threshold of something

near the beginning of something Tyler is on the threshold of becoming a very successful singer.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of threshold (the part of the floor at the entrance to a room or building)
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be on the threshold of doing something

to be likely to do something soon Finland's Conservatives were on the threshold of joining a coalition government.
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be on the threshold of something

if someone or something is on the threshold of a situation, that situation is likely to happen soon He was on the threshold of a great career.
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After a moment's pause on the threshold, peering towards the window with her near-sighted scowl, as if frowning down some bitter enemy, she suddenly projected herself into the shop.
Then he went back to the threshold and sat down there, laying his well filled wallet at his feet.
Byles beheld this figure on the staircase, he shivered as with an ague, but continued to watch him steadfastly, until the gouty gentleman had reached the threshold, made a gesture of anguish and despair, and vanished into the outer gloom, whither the funeral music summoned him.
The old hunter had kept a keen eye on the movements of his three visitors, from the beginning, and had maintained his position, just without the threshold of the cabin, with a determined manner, that showed he was not to be easily driven from his post.
Miss Welland, evidently about to join the dancers, hung on the threshold, her lilies-of-the-valley in her hand (she carried no other bouquet), her face a little pale, her eyes burning with a candid excitement.
Ye know, also, that when mosques are builded, asses bear the stones and the cement, and cross the sacred threshold.
Katharine pushed the door half open and stood upon the threshold.
Upon the threshold he took her cold fingers into his hand and kissed them reverently.
The most furious had come to the Buytenhof at daybreak, to secure a better place; but he, outdoing even them, had passed the night at the threshold of the prison, from whence, as we have already said, he had advanced to the very foremost rank, unguibus et rostro, -- that is to say, coaxing some, and kicking the others.
Ferrari mastered her own throbbing heart; stepped over the threshold, conscious of her clammy hands, dry lips, and burning head; and stood in the presence of Lord Montbarry's widow, to all outward appearance as supremely self-possessed as her ladyship herself.
Advancing without conscious will of my own, I crossed the threshold of the door.
It was as if they had suddenly been stricken blind and deaf, and McArdle afterward said that for a moment he believed himself to have been killed by a stroke of lightning as he crossed the threshold.
Instead he turned and, looking about his feet in front of the threshold, uttered an exclamation of surprise.
They were both too late; before they could reach him Matthew had fallen across the threshold.
In front of it the son of Iapetus (22) stands immovably upholding the wide heaven upon his head and unwearying hands, where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze: and while the one is about to go down into the house, the other comes out at the door.