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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Two and a half years since NATO's UN-authorized intervention, Libya is teetering on the brink of failure.
With Gloucestershire teetering on the brink of defeat at 307 for nine - still 92 short of their victory target - the heavens opened above the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence just 10 minutes before the scheduled 11am start time and never relented thereafter.
Sub Hatfield's 88th-minute equaliser added to Padraig Amond's goal and upset Vale boss Micky Adams, who knows the club are teetering on the brink of administration.
The economy is teetering on the brink of a double-dip recession.
Now that the western world is teetering on the brink of recession we believe the outlook has dimmed further.
The developments come a week after manager Aidy Boothroyd was sacked and with the team teetering on the brink of the relegation zone.
The RSPB blamed the UK demise of the bird of prey, which is teetering on the brink of extinction as a breeding species in England, on illegal persecution.
THE fortunes of the City of Chester appear to be on a downward spiral, boarded-up shops, no theatre, regeneration of the Forum shelved indefinitely, the football team teetering on the brink of extinction.
EU: The 15 countries sharing the euro are teetering on the brink of recession but should just escape the worst, the European Commission said yesterday, slashing its growth forecast for this year to 1.
Now it seems as if the current plan to convert the Farley Post Office building into Moynihan Station, an extension of Penn Station through which an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 commuters could pass each day, is teetering on the brink of a similar fate.
Indeed, the hyperactive star, which is part of a two-star system called RS Ophiuchi, may be teetering on the brink of going supernova and could obliterate itself in just a few hundred thousand years, suggest Jennifer Sokoloski of the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics and her colleagues.
A week ago they were teetering on the brink of sensational elimination, but this morning they are back among the favourites for the All-Ireland football title.
We are teetering on the brink of a kind of mass hysteria--Islamophobia--that can set us back a generation or more in our quest for a world at peace.
Each chapter closes with an apocalyptic statement, along the lines of "More and more countries in Asia are teetering on the brink of a violent explosion .
State and local - not tribal - governments, which are often left teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.