teeter on the brink of (something)

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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.
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Mr Maude wrote: 'The Conservative Party has teetered on the brink of oblivion several times in its long history.
3billion bail out for the East Kilbride-based firm which has teetered on the brink of insolvency after being hammered by slumping power prices.
A well-known actor was arrested on suspicion of for murdering his wife, a prominent journalist who grew up in the Valley was slain by Muslim terrorists in Pakistan, and the county's public health system teetered on the brink of collapse.
Monica Seles teetered on the brink of disaster when she made her European comeback.
Our goal in this effort is first and foremost to protect consumers from any runaway rate increases (and) restore reliability to a system that has teetered on the brink of blackouts,'' Hefner said.
Tony Blair last night gave Mo Mowlam a vote of confidence as Northern Ireland teetered on the brink of a new crisis.
This is an agency that has teetered on the brink for many years.
The night began with visions of sole possession of a playoff berth at the midpoint of the NHL season, only three weeks after the Kings had teetered on the brink of early extinction from the race for the Stanley Cup.
The league was just 48 months removed from a time when a handful of franchises teetered on the brink of folding due to skyrocketing player salaries, fan apathy and dismal television ratings.