on the cusp


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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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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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