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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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.
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ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Chancellor George Osbourne was under increasing pressure to abandon Plan A as the country teetered on the brink of a triple-dip recession again.
The RFL insist the game is in "robust health" with Super League clubs guaranteed an income stream in excess of PS90million from the Sky television deal, but the new season will start on Friday without a main sponsor and in the last six months two clubs, Bradford and Salford, have teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.
Despite uncertain wider economic conditions, the group, which teetered on the brink of collapse in 2009 due to its massive debts, revealed an increase in revenue for the period to pounds 906.
The group, which teetered on the brink of collapse in 2009, said it had recorded an average of 0.
Wright inherited a team rooted to the bottom of the table when he succeeded Jimmy Brown 12 months ago and went on to endure a turbulent few months as the Ballyskeagh teetered on the brink of financial demise.
What was a sick session that teetered on the brink of insanity?
It's not surprising that Herzog would be attracted to this man who often teetered on the brink of madness.
Before fame beckoned, Charlie Spedding teetered on the brink of death when things went dramatically wrong during a routine operation.
3 billion bale-out for British Energy which has teetered on the brink of insolvency after being hammered by slumping power prices.
INDIA and Pakistan put their armies on red alert yesterday as the two nuclear powers teetered on the brink of war.
THE Middle East teetered on the brink of all-out war last night as Israeli tanks and gunship helicopters blitzed the West Bank.
Daily sports paper El Mundo Deportivo's front page read `Let Us Pray' after Spain teetered on the brink of elimination following their 0-0 draw with Paraguay on Friday.
A few years later, in 1983, as Eastern teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, labor and management did discover a truly "radical" and "innovative" plan to save the company.
IN OCTOBER 1962, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war.
The supervisors also allocated $125 million to the Health Department, which for years has teetered on the brink of collapse under the burden of treating millions of uninsured people.