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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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