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teeter on the brink of (something)

To be very close to doing something or of having some imminent event happen, especially that which is bad or disastrous. The company is still doing business, but ever since the recession hit, they've been teetering on the brink of closing down. The crew are so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is teetering on the brink of mutiny.
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teeter on the edge of (something)

To be very close to doing something or of having some imminent event happen, especially that which is bad or disastrous. The company is still doing business, but ever since the recession hit, they've been teetering on the edge of closing down. The crew are so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is teetering on the edge of mutiny.
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teeter on the brink (or edge)

be very close to a difficult or dangerous situation.
1997 James Ryan Dismantling Mr Doyle Letting her secret teeter on the brink of becoming public was a game Eve played more and more.
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teeter on the ˈbrink/ˈedge of something

be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation: The country is teetering on the brink of civil war.
If something teeters, it stands or moves in an unsteady way as if it is going to fall.
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The man accused of assaulting Teeter (spelled Teter in some stories), Richard Campbell, told a much different story, one in which he was the victim of Teeter.
a0x20 In one end-cap display, the store placed a number of Harris Teeter's own-brand products, including Harris Teeter Italian-style garlic bread, Harris Teeter whipped topping, bagged HT Traders multi-serving entr'es, and bagged Harris Teeter Organics shelled edamame.
while maintaining the Harris Teeter banner, our management teams, our new store growth plan, our distribution and manufacturing facilities, as well as our headquarters in Matthews, NC.
Receiving and shipping areas are important for Anteco, as "many of the company's shipments tend to be relatively big," says Teeter.
In an industry rife with a mounting slate of competitive challenges, Harris Teeter has also remained steadfast in adhering to its forefathers' foremost fundamental convictions, among them a higher duty to be the best grocery retailer possible, as measured by each and every customer, by taking excellent care of customers, fellow associates, store conditions, products and neighbors in need.
The bank said that the ATMs could be accessed from 138 Harris Teeter grocery stores across North and South Carolina.
Under the terms of the deal, PNC Bank customers will be able to use ATMs in 138 Harris Teeter grocery stores across North and South Carolina, as well as in 53 stores in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
Protein consumption is growing fastest in China and India, Teeter says, and Tyson is rapidly expanding to meet the demand while doing some things differently.
Mr Teeter said he was unaware a licence was needed to hunt rattlesnakes in Idaho and did not know that there is a state limit of four rattlesnakes a year.
The association president and chief executive officer, Gil Langley, said, 'Harris Teeter has proven to be a tremendous promotional partner for Amelia Island tourism.
Teeter - who has 10 convictions for exposing himself, must wear the shirt at all times in public.
Teeter, 69 - who has 10 convictions for exposing himself - must wear the T-shirt when he is in public.
In Fanatics and Fire-Eaters, Ratner and Teeter posit "the media of the mid-nineteenth century played a role in determining both the perception and the course of the events" leading to the Civil War.
Tommy Harris, a 6-foot-7 forward from Lancaster, and 6-7 center Blaine Teeter and Hughes (6-5) give AVC size coming off the bench.
In ancient Egypt, the more money you had, the more elaborate your mummification process was, according to Emily Teeter, an Egyptologist at the University of Chicago.