border (up)on (something)

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border (up)on (something)

1. Literally, to be positioned next to something. France borders upon Spain to the south. That shed definitely borders on our property.
2. To be very similar to something without being identical; to nearly be something. Be careful, some sections of this paper are bordering on plagiarism.
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border (up)on something

1. Lit. [for something] to touch upon a boundary. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) Our property borders on the lakeshore. The farm borders upon the railroad tracks.
2. Fig. [for some activity or idea] to be very similar to something else. (Not usually physical objects. Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) This notion of yours borders upon mutiny! That plan borders on insanity.
See also: border, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

border on

or border upon
1. To be next to something in location: New York State borders on Lake Ontario. My property borders upon a small lake.
2. To come close to being something, especially in association, meaning, or intent; verge on something: Your harsh criticism borders on being offensive. Some of their jokes were funny, but others bordered upon the ridiculous!
See also: border, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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His thought feared noise; it approached to that degree of over-excitement which borders upon ecstasy.
It borders upon brilliance and I expect a flurry of interest from barbers.
Newcastle must inform Benitez of his January budget as soon as possible - it borders upon farcical that he has not already been given his exact kitty - and Ashley must allow the Spaniard to bring in reinforcements this month.
Kurds also fear that Iran and Turkey, being the main source of food imports in the region, would close borders upon the referendum's process.
Center for Refugee Rights Director Oktay Durukan said Turkey has opened its borders upon mass demand, rather than individual ones, which therefore means that Turkey has acknowledged the situation as being an influx.
However, there is also a niche for high-end mechanical art that embodies state of the art precision and borders upon optical perfection.
The commanders of the armed forces briefed the crown prince on their preparations to defend the Kingdom's borders upon directives issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
* Your reasoning that Roberts saved health care reform borders upon fanta?sy, since the most likely reason he bucked the other right-wingers was his correct perception that the Supreme Court had made so many one-sided pro-corporate decisions that it was largely discrediting itself.
Still other Palestinians responded to the Israel request by challenging Israel to specify the borders upon which it needs to be recognized.
The author, journalist K P Mukhopadhyay, makes virtually no pretense here of presenting a truly scholarly text; rather, the content of this volume comes across as a personal quest which at times borders upon sentiment which is highly charged, and is in my view anti-Muslim and anti- Bangladeshi in nature.
Such news is also harder to read and borders upon boring.
The immaculate lawn was once used as a tennis court and the large garden, with borders upon borders of mature trees and shrubs decorated by climbing roses of every shade, provides a journey of discovery for children of all ages.
Addressing the Bulgarian parliament on January 24, Mr Frattini was sounding more upbeat: "We now have a better picture of the situation and we believe that Bulgaria is in a position to ensure the requested high level of control at its borders upon accession".
SIR - It is clearly absurd that Welsh AMs should continue to wear on oath of allegiance to the Queen when the Royal Family's lack of interest in, and lack of commitment to, the nation Prince Charles is supposed to be Prince of, so clearly borders upon contempt.