on the verge of (doing) (something)

on the verge of (doing) (something)

Closely approaching some action or outcome; very nearly at the point at which something will happen. After weeks of failed experiments, I think we're finally on the verge of a breakthrough.
See also: of, on, 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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on the verge of

Close to, on the brink of, as in I was on the verge of calling the doctor when he suddenly got better, or Sara was on the verge of tears when she heard the news. This term uses verge in the sense of "the brink or border of something." [Mid-1800s]
See also: of, on, verge
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.

on/to the verge of something/of doing something

at or close to the point or time when somebody does something or something happens: She was on the verge of tears.We’re on the verge of signing a new contract.
See also: of, on, something, verge
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