to the verge of (something)

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to the verge of (something)

To the cusp of something; to the point where some action or outcome is nearly able to happen. Their latest victory pushes this underdog team to the verge of the playoffs for the first time in over 60 years. The civil war has pushed the country to the verge of total famine.
See also: of, verge

on/to the verge of something/of doing something

at or close to the point or time when somebody does something or something happens: She was on the verge of tears.We’re on the verge of signing a new contract.
See also: of, on, something, verge
References in classic literature ?
I am temperate to the verge of absurdity," replied the Tramp.
The humblest wayside juggler in India could mystify them to the verge of lunacy.
So on we went, the track becoming more and more visible the farther we proceeded, until it conducted us to the verge of the ravine, where it abruptly terminated.