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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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She said later: "The coach was teetering on the brink and everyone was screaming.
Designed to monitor laser light scattered by a dense, compressed gas teetering on the brink of turning into a liquid, this precision apparatus had operated continuously in space for more than 14 days.
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UNDER-FIRE Rafa Benitez was last night teetering on the brink at Liverpool.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said no citizen should fear for the safety of their savings, as the country was gripped with uncertainty over the future of its secondlargest mortgage lender Hypo Real Estate, which is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.
IT'S been a hell of a year for Salford's finest The Ting Tings, going from DIY warehouse party heroes to teetering on the brink of international fame.
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announced Wednesday it will sell or close 19 hospitals in California, most in the Southland, a move Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said will place an enormous burden on a health system teetering on the brink of collapse.
When dealing with tenants teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, an ounce of prevention could be worth a pound of cure to landlords, according to lawyers who have worked with both tenants and landlords coping with bankruptcy.
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And with other economies, including the UK, teetering on the brink of recession demand for oil is likely to plummet.
Lossiemouth secretary Alan McIntosh, whose club have been in debt for six years, said: "We were teetering on the brink of going into the red yet again but this relieves the pressure greatly.
Evans said: ``I think we had a couple of times this year when we were teetering on the brink of a real difficult situation.
Since then the man-child has scored a couple of goals for his adopted team and skedaddled for further drying out in the Arizona desert,leaving the club that promised him pounds 400,000-a-year teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.