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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EUROPEAN financial markets, including the FTSE 100, have fallen sharply as Greece teeters on the brink of financial collapse and a messy exit from the euro.
6m in used bank notes, including Ronald Biggs (above) 1993: The United Nations has voted to make the Bosnian town of Srebrenica a safe haven, as the town teeters on the brink of falling to Bosnian Serb forces.
A HOME teeters on the brink of collapse after a 25ft-wide sinkhole opened beneath it.
It coincides with the fifth annual Apprenticeship Week, starting tomorrow, and is a desperate bid to help kick-start Britain's economy as it teeters on the brink of recession.
Adam teeters on the brink of meltdown as he is goaded by a prisoner who murdered his family and refuses treatment until the doctor opens up about his loss of Harry.
Indeed, there's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Bank of England is in a very tough spot at this juncture, as the UK economy teeters on the brink of recession while inflation pressures remain strong.
Singer Katie Melua (above) spoke yesterday of her fears for the safety of her mother and brother, who are in her home country of Georgia as it teeters on the brink of war.
At odds between a possible nuclear war with China and a lethal Middle East showdown, Cry Havoc deftly crafts a scenario in which the all of humanity teeters on the brink of World War III.
It has lost its moral foundation and teeters on the brink of moral and social collapse.
England winger Josh Lewsey has braced himself for a South African backlash at Twickenham tomorrow as the Springboks' end of season tour teeters on the brink of failure.
war aim, especially when our own economy teeters on the brink of collapse.
Even when he teeters on the brink of cliche he manages to resurrect the obvious, in Ridley-esque fashion.
The album's intimate moments are its most affecting: For the desolate Dear John number "Six-Page Letter," Beghtol's tender voice teeters on the brink of exhaustion, while on "The Last Request of Mr.
Los Angeles teeters on the brink of disintegration because of the failure of leadership at City Hall.
The United States teeters on the brink of becoming "an enormous silent gulag patrolled not by government agents but by private persons.