on the point of

on the point of

Also, at the point of. On the verge of, close to, as in I was on the point of leaving when the phone rang. The first term dates from the late 1200s, the second from the first half of the 1500s.
See also: of, on, point
References in classic literature ?
Act fourth displayed the despairing Roderigo on the point of stabbing himself because he has been told that Zara has deserted him.