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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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Solar services provider SunSystem Technology LLC (SST) reported on Monday the appointment of Kurtis Brink as its new president.
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Born on 29 May 1935 in Vrede, South Africa, Brink attended Potchefstroom University where he earned an MA in Afrikaans in 1958 and another MA in English in 1959.
Brink on Friday pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and third-degree robbery, and was ordered to serve five years in state prison.
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Brink, who is one of South Africa's most acclaimed authors, leaves no stones unturned in this personal memoir, which serves as a lens on the personal conflicts and struggles of his life.
The educational process, the medical profession, the Navy and society should be proud of a product like Charles Brink.
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30, 1975, was all it took to turn New York Daily News Managing Editor William Brink into an icon of American journalism.
LANCASTER - Westside Union School District trustee James Brink is resigning because he has retired from his Lancaster teaching job and will go to China to teach English.
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For Brink, interest in the novel lies always in the inherent self-consciousness of writing, lodged into the DNA of language.
A meticulous amalgam of talking heads, photos, home videos, and stock footage, Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End spends as much time chronicling the late writer's amours as it does charting his literary achievements.
ten Brink of the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades, N.