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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

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

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

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

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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Columbus, Ohio-based Redemtech, a provider of IT asset management services, and Dallas-based Brink's Inc., through its Secure Data Solutions transportation service, have announced a new secure transport option that is designed to protect highly sensitive data on in-transit computers that have been taken off network to be reused, resold or recycled.
Op die terrein van literere teorie het Brink 'n belangrike bydrae gelewer tot die studie van inheemse en by uitstek Afrikaanse letterkunde, wat hy, veral in politieke konteks, in verband gebring het met wereldtendense: sy publikasies in hierdie verband het internasionale aandag getrek.
Nicolaus Schafhausen has been newly appointed as director of Witte de With in Rotterdam, replacing interim director Hans Maarten van den Brink and taking a position held by Catherine David from 2002 to 2004.
30, 1975, was all it took to turn New York Daily News Managing Editor William Brink into an icon of American journalism.
As is well known, Green is a major figure as well in the history of liberal political theory, but his perfectionism in ethical theory leads him to the view that the state can and should help people to lead better lives; in this regard Brink sees Green as contrasting rather sharply with defenders of liberal neutrality regarding the (common) good, such as Rawls.
Along with Officer Waverly Brown and Peter Paige, a private security guard, Sergeant O'Grady was murdered during a 1981 Brink's truck robbery in Nyack, New York.
EForce is sponsored by Adidas and competes in a few Adidas-run events each summer, Brink said.
FN America LLC announces a long-term pistol contract with Brink's Inc., well-known provider of secure logistics and security solutions throughout the U.S.
LOOT from the Brink's-Mat heist may have been funnelled into an offshore company set up by Mossack Fonseca.