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on the verge (of doing something)

 and on the verge of something
at the very beginning of doing something; just about to do something. Bill was on the verge of leaving town when he found a job. Susan was on the verge of laughter, so she left the lecture hall.
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verge into something

to change gradually into something. The reds verged into a violet color that seemed to glow. The cool morning verged imperceptibly into a steamy midday.
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verge (up)on something

to be almost identical to something; to be similar to or almost the same as something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Your actions verge upon mutiny. What you said verges on an insult.
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on the verge of doing something

almost doing or experiencing something He was on the verge of making a comment but stopped, realizing it would be a mistake.
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on the verge of

Close to, on the brink of, as in I was on the verge of calling the doctor when he suddenly got better, or Sara was on the verge of tears when she heard the news. This term uses verge in the sense of "the brink or border of something." [Mid-1800s]
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verge on

1. Approach, come close to, as in Her ability verges on genius. [Early 1800s]
2. Be on the edge or border of, as in Our property verges on conservation land. [Late 1700s]
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verge on

1. To be on the edge or border of something: The park verges on the neighboring town.
2. To approach the nature or condition of something; come close to something: Their confidence verges on arrogance.
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Pricing & Availability The new NYNE Verge, Edge and Rock speakers will be available at retail in early second quarter 2015 with MSRP's of $119.
One in six plant species in Wales is under threat, and our thousands of miles of grass verges are important to ensuring their long-term survival," said Ms Sandbach, North Wales Conservative Assembly Member.
Women on the Verge was founded by Ana Lewis in September 2009.
Denbighshire's own Roadside Verges Project states: "As well as making our surroundings less attractive, cutting roadside verges when they are full of plants in flower also harms the wildlife that feeds, shelters and nests there.
Not too long ago, some verges in this estate were removed and replaced with tarmac.
Whilst proceeding to the terminal, the aircraft inadvertently taxied on to the grass verge," the spokesman said.
Jamaican-born Mr Nunes's body was found on a grass verge in Clive Road but his murder baffled detectives, who looked to colleagues around the country for help to identify his killer.
Had the council built a lay-by, or had we been able to lay some sort of material over the verge to protect it, we would not have felt victimised.
The roster of writers and editors for The Verge includes veterans of some of the most successful technology publications and sites, including Engadget, Smartphone Experts network, PC Magazine, and more.
Despite the fact that all utility services pass under the verges, thoughtless ices pass under the verges, thoughtless drivers still plough over the grass, weakening the infrastructure.
Unlike any other event on college campuses, the Verge Campus Tour connects students with top emerging artists, leading brands and non-profit initiatives in a full day campus-to-campus takeover.
Not only do they park on the grass verge but they block the pavement.
The lorry was tipped into trees after appearing to have drifted onto a grass verge which has been left sodden by heavy rain and recent flooding on the River Elwy.
com)-- Women on the Verge founder Ana Lewis was granted a LATISM scholarship to BlissDom 2011, an annual conference "for women who find and express their bliss by publishing online," according to the BlissDom website.
THERE appears to be some confusion over the recent article on verge replacement in Beechwood as some readers are under the impression that the council will be replacing paving stones with tarmac - nothing could be further than the truth.