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on the verge of (something)

Very closely approaching something; very nearly at the point at which something will happen. After weeks of failed experiments, I think we're finally on the verge of a breakthrough.
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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

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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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.
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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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In total, Britain's verges are home to 724 species of wild plants -- over 50 per cent of the UK's flora.
But Conservative shadow cabinet member for roads Timothy Huxtable said: "I'm delighted the council have agreed to introduce a PS1 million fund to protect grass verges across the city.
But Conservative shadow cabinet member for roads Timothy Huxtable said: "I am delighted that the city council has agreed to introduce a PS1 million fund to protect grass verges across Hall Green and the city.
I cannot see any problem with that because the verges are either overgrown, or when mown they are just unsightly mud patches.
He said: "The outer verges are cut by a smaller machine because the large mowers can't get to the edge.
I can remember when the verges were kept really nice.
For the past 12 month she has campaigned on behalf of Plantlife to encourage local councils not to cut their grass verges.
William Powell, AM for Mid and West Wales, said: "I have previously called on the Welsh Government to give more focus to road verge environments in their attempts to improve rural habits for threatened pollinators.
Born in Thailand in 1925 to a father from Reunion Island and a Vietnamese mother, Verges was an outspoken communist and anti-colonialist.
Looking further afield, many other green spaces and verges are getting a similar treatment and the visual aspect is terrible, the regrowth effect is equally terrible, turning our greens and verges into what really look like rough pasture.
A survey found 75 per cent of councils cut verges repeatedly in summer.
I AM writing to express my outrage at Cllr Tony Sharps' comments in your August 7th edition under the headline "Overgrown verges are a haven for rats".
The locals chose to drive on the verges (quite alarmingly, in both directions, on both verges) rather than on the carriageway.
Bristling with impatience I repeated, "Soft Verges.
With Jacques Verges, Bachir Boumaza, Yacef Saadi, Sine, Magdalena Kopp, Anis Naccache, Lionel Duroy, Maher Souleiman, Hans Joachim Klein, Carlos, Neda Vidakovic, Louis Caprioli, Jean-Paul Dolle, Claude Faure, David Fechheimer, Horst Franz, Claude Moniquet, Olivier Schrom, Patricia Tourancheau, Tobias Wunschik, Milous Brahimi, Nuon Chea, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, Zohra Drif, Rolande Girard-Arnaud, Gilles Menage, Alain Marsaud, Martine Tigrane.