on the verge


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on the verge (of doing something)

 and on the verge of something
at the very beginning of doing something; just about to do something. Bill was on the verge of leaving town when he found a job. Susan was on the verge of laughter, so she left the lecture hall.
See also: on, verge
References in classic literature ?
She saw that he stood on the verge of lunacy, if he had not already stepped across it.
I have been to Paris a hundred times, and it never fails to give me a thrill of excitement; I can never walk its streets without feeling myself on the verge of adventure.
She caught herself on the verge involuntarily of pressing his hand that held hers.
I tell you we are on the verge of the unknown," he insisted.
When on the verge of submission to these opinions, the small duel had showed them that the propor- tions were not impossible, and by it they had revenged themselves upon their misgivings and upon the foe.
She had a few times in her life seen Lilla on the verge of fainting, but never senseless; and now she was frightened.
During the war in Italy he is several times on the verge of destruction and each time is saved in an unexpected manner.
I should like to enjoy myself thoroughly, and coquet with all the world, till I am on the verge of being called an old maid; and then, to escape the infamy of that, after having made ten thousand conquests, to break all their hearts save one, by marrying some high-born, rich, indulgent husband, whom, on the other hand, fifty ladies were dying to have.
One or two of the Kru boys seemed on the verge of insanity - Francis himself was hysterical and faint.
I can't tell you that," stammered Cecily, on the verge of tears.
For a while we felt that Milly was on the verge of being lost to us.
I had strayed forward where the sailors were painting, and I came to myself to find my advancing foot on the verge of overturning a paint-pot.
On this one point there was entire community of feeling in the four widely differing beings who sat round the dying fire of sticks, which made a cheap warmth for them on the verge of bedtime.
If he does not, some one else will; and the saloon-keeper, unless he is also an alderman, is apt to be in debt to the big brewers, and on the verge of being sold out.
And there they stood, the only pair, as it seemed, who were yet hesitating on the verge of wickedness in this dark world.