on the point of (doing something)

on the point of (doing something)

Ready or about to do something. I'm sorry I'm running late—I was on the point of getting in the shower when the doorbell rang. We have several products on the point of becoming global successes. We just need another strong marketing push.
See also: of, on, point
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

on the point of doing something

 and at the point of doing something
Fig. ready to start doing something. I was just on the point of going out the door. We were almost at the point of buying a new car.
See also: of, on, point
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the point of

Also, at the point of. On the verge of, close to, as in I was on the point of leaving when the phone rang. The first term dates from the late 1200s, the second from the first half of the 1500s.
See also: of, on, point
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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