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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.
See also: brink, of, on

brink of disaster

A point very close to complete ruin, destruction, or failure. Our company was on the brink of disaster, but after our latest product came out, we've been doing better than ever before! The increasing tension of looming war between the two countries has brought the entire region to the brink of disaster.
See also: brink, disaster, of

drive (one) to the brink

To cause one to reach a point of desperation. The fact that my dog still barks all the time, even after finishing obedience school, is really driving me to the brink.
See also: brink, drive

on the brink of (something)

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 teetering on the brink of closing down. The crew is so maddened by the pay cuts that everyone is on the brink of mutiny. We're on the brink of success with these experiments, I just know it.
See also: brink, of, on

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.
See also: brink, of, on, teeter

teeter on the edge 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 edge of closing down. The crew are so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is teetering on the edge of mutiny.
See also: edge, of, on, teeter

drive someone to the edge

 and drive someone to the brink
fig to drive someone almost insane; to drive someone close to doing something desperate. Your trouble with the police has driven me to the brink! The next time you are arrested, I will not get you out of jail.
See also: drive, edge

on the brink (of doing something)

Fig. on the verge of doing something; almost to the point of doing something. I was on the brink of selling my car to make ends meet when the tax refund came in the mail.
See also: brink, on

teeter on the brink (or edge)

be very close to a difficult or dangerous situation.
1997 James Ryan Dismantling Mr Doyle Letting her secret teeter on the brink of becoming public was a game Eve played more and more.
See also: brink, on, teeter

teeter on the ˈbrink/ˈedge of something

be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation: The country is teetering on the brink of civil war.
If something teeters, it stands or moves in an unsteady way as if it is going to fall.
See also: brink, edge, of, on, something, teeter
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"The news product that we bring to the marketplace and the community service that we do in the marketplace, this is coming from people who know this region, who know this community and know what its needs are and we're able to bring it widely through the power of television," Brinks said in a WOOD-TV interview aired on the NBC affiliate.
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ULG was formed in 2015 by industry veterans Jeff Brink, Hans Fenstermacher, Greg Brink and later joined by CFO Karrie Willis, along with private equity backing from NPG, as a platform to assemble a family of complementary companies, with a goal of becoming one of the largest language service providers in the world.
The investigation will focus on the insider suspicion and try to establish if any Brinks Allied employee has had any contact with known criminals or their associates.
While Kathy and David waited in a rented U-Haul truck, the "revolutionaries" cornered the Brinks truck and gunned down its guards, killing one of them and snatching canvas bags of money.
They target Brinks guards as they deliver cash to busy high street banks, then make their getaway by car.
But Brink has a trick up his sleeve and tells his own brief Des that he sees a future for himself and Leanne.
Looking to capitalize on the strength of the Brinks name in electronic home security systems, Sisco is launching a line of Brinks Home Security fire-resistant and Anti-Theft safes at the National Hardware Show.
The Angels are warring on Season 5, episode 6 of "(http://www.ibtimes.com/basketball-wives-la-star-jackie-christie-talks-whether-season-5-will-suffer-without-2394220) Basketball Wives: LA ." Angel Brinks and newbie Angel Love got into a nasty argument that almost ruined their friendship on the latest episode of the VH1 reality series.
Attack No 3 -Just 20 minutes later, a Brinks van was hit at Bank of Scotland, Crow Road, Glasgow.
On Monday's Season 5, episode 5, Angel Love battles with Malaysia and DJ Duffey over a situation that happened at Angel Brinks' event.
In episode 3, Malaysia and Angel Brinks confront each other over a disagreement they had last season and their meetup only seems to make the situation worse.
The City of Evanston announced it has partnered with The Brink's Company to upgrade its transportation program for seniors and disabled residents through the implementation of the Brink's Business Expense card.
The Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) said it has reported a decline fourth quarter 2014 earnings.