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be on the threshold of (something)

To be about to do something; to be about to happen. I can't believe that my little girl is actually on the threshold of marriage. I'm confident that our team is on the threshold of a major scientific breakthrough.
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on the threshold of (something)

About or likely to happen or do something soon. With the majority of votes having been counted, the candidate is on the threshold of becoming the youngest president in history. We're on the threshold of a major breakthrough in cancer research.
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be on the ˈthreshold of something

(formal) be at an important moment when something begins, changes or develops: The country seemed to be on the threshold of war.Now, on the threshold of a new career, he seems confident and happy.
The threshold is the floor or ground at the bottom of a doorway, considered as the entrance to a building or room.
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TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a threshold of airflow obstruction of forced expiratory volume in one second:forced vital capacity (FEV1:FVC) of 0.70 discriminates chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-related hospitalization and mortality, according to a study published in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Most states have adopted the thresholds used in South Dakota--more than $100,000 of sales into the state or 200 or more transactions for delivery into the state.
The purpose of this study was to compare hearing thresholds obtained by these two objective audiological tests in children with varying severity of hearing loss and to compare time taken by each test.
Federal Trade Commission has increased from $84.4 million to $90 million the minimum threshold at which a proposed transaction is subject to pre-merger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act.
The revised thresholds, when met together, are considered triggers for entities to notify PCC of their transactions.
The recalibration of thresholds is in line with Memorandum Circular 18-001 released last year stating there would be an automatic annual adjustment of the thresholds based on the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the previous year rounded up to the nearest hundred millions.
This is the first time PCC has adjusted the thresholds since the Philippine Competition Act was enacted with the P1 billion default threshold.
Backed by Colmore BID, Thresholds tells the story of Birmingham's central role in the birth of photography in the mid-19th century through VR headsets with visitors transported to a digital recreation of King Edward's School on New Street.
For the pooled 2016 NCR sample, here are the average monthly poverty thresholds (rounded) of the poor, by size of family: one person, P10,100; two persons, P16,300; three persons, P16,000; four persons, P20,800; five persons, P22,900; six persons, P24,500; seven persons, P23,900; eight persons, P24,500; nine persons, P25,500; and 10+ persons, P24,800.
Displaced thresholds mean you can't land on the beginning of the runway.
Using thresholds is a straight forward way of extracting an object's location from the echo signal.
Meyer (2012) posits that variation in how and when learners cross the thresholds necessary for understanding these concepts may be due to their current knowledge, their previous experience, and their disciplinary background.