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on the cusp

1. On the verge of some beginning point or the start of some major development. Usually followed by "of (something)." Our team is on the cusp of making a discovery that could change the face of modern medicine. After being on the cusp for several years, Mark finally broke into mainstream success with his most recent novel.
2. Straddling or right in between two different categories, regions, conditions, etc. Usually followed by "between (something) and (something)." I hate the awkward, unpredictable weather we get when we're on the cusp between winter and spring. The restaurant is on the cusp between fast food and sit-down dining, but unfortunately has the perks of neither.
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on the cusp (of something)

Fig. at the point in time that marks the beginning of something. The transistor was on the cusp of a new age in electronics.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the cusp

1. On the threshold or verge of a development or action: an actor on the cusp of becoming a star.
2. At the dividing line or border of two conditions or categories: an artist on the cusp between Victorianism and modernism.
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Different Mandibular First Molar Shapes According to Groove and Cusp Configuration In Relation to Suggested Bracket Position.
Modular forms of weight k for [GAMMA] < [SL.sub.2] (Z) are T-invariant sections of [[Laplace].sup.[cross product]k] with cusp condition.
4H) possesses cusps ornamented with coarse ridges divided at the cusp base.
Considering the aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of cusp inclination of zirconia on polymerization of resin cement, testing of the upper surface of resin cement can also indirectly reveal the polymerization efficiency.
Meanwhile, many observers over the years have noted bright polar regions --especially near the northern cusp. Occasionally these caps were suspected of being snow deposits--not so farfetched in the era when Mercury was believed to have an atmosphere.
Group-B consists of 6 patients with aortic valve structural abnormality in the form of cusp prolapse but without aortic regurgitation, so aortic valve was not addressed in these patients.
A 23-year-old male patient undergoing orthodontic treatment was referred to the Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics for the treatment of bilateral Talon's cusp on maxillary lateral incisors.
For instance, the ideal thickness of a complete cast crown functional cusp is 1.5 mm and non functional cusp is 1 mm,3,9 whereas, for a metal ceramic crown, functional cusp thickness is 2.5 mm and non functional cusp thickness is 2 mm3.
The length of right cusp of left atrioventricular valve was significantly greater in experimental group B1 than that of control group A1.
he has foolishly and himself where the cusp of everything "This incident has had such a significant effect on this man.
Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS) has said that India is on the cusp of growth.
Capromeryx mexicana specimens analyzed for mesowear showed high cusps with either sharp or rounded cusp morphologies (DP3322 and DP4310 show high and sharp cusps whereas DP3328 displays high and rounded cusps), resulting in a mean mesowear score of 0.33.
V: Showing the Height of cusps in four groups from nadir to the nodule in mm Group Height of Right Left Cusp No.
The sixth cusp is sometimes present in the inferior molars of Asian and American Indigenous populations, and the seventh or intermedium cusp is characteristic of the inferior molars of African populations (Kraus et al.; Rothhammer & Llop; Delgado-Burbano, 2007)
The incisor consists of a principal cusp and anterior and posterior accessory cusplets.