on/to the verge of something/of doing something

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on the verge of (something)

Very closely approaching something; 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.
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to the verge of (something)

To the cusp of something; to the point where some action or outcome is nearly able to happen. Their latest victory pushes this underdog team to the verge of the playoffs for the first time in over 60 years. The civil war has pushed the country to the verge of total famine.
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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]
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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.
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We are on the verge of doing something with that piece of legislation," said Kruger, whose preaching to the choir generated several rounds of applause from NYARM members.
Ed Kitchen believes his Thousand Oaks Little League 11-12 year-old All-Star team is on the verge of doing something special as it prepares to open play today in the Section I playoffs in Lompoc.