be on the brink of (doing something)

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be on the brink of (doing something)

To be on the verge of 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 on the brink of closing down. The crew is so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is on the brink of quitting.
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After resurrecting a once-dormant academic career and stepping on track for a Division I soccer scholarship, Sandoval was on the brink of throwing it all away.