on the threshold of (something)

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on the threshold of (something)

About or likely to happen or do something soon. With the majority of votes having been counted, the candidate is on the threshold of becoming the youngest president in history. We're on the threshold of a major breakthrough in cancer research.
See also: of, on, threshold
References in classic literature ?
Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers, and present it to the reader.
All this time, however, we are loitering faintheartedly on the threshold of our story.
young Spring Lies on the threshold of maternity, And still he comes not.