teeter on the brink of (something)

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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 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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Summary: West Ham boss Avram Grant has taken full responsibility for his club's struggles as the Hammers teeter on the brink of relegation.
WESTHAM 1 Hitzlsperger (78) BLACKBURN 1 Roberts (12) WEST Ham boss Avram Grant took full responsibility for his club's struggles as the Hammers teeter on the brink of relegation from the Premier League.
But he did say of the third series called Villains: "Each of the characters teeter on the brink of either side.
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While it might seem like curious timing for a company to be pursuing business as an auto supplier as some existing key suppliers teeter on the brink of bankruptcy and OEMs continue to pressure suppliers to reduce costs, Olrik says he believes breaking into the auto sector will help Keronite by providing long-term, high dollar contracts, as opposed to the short-term 18-month contracts it now receives from consumer electronics clients.
The Babes, who often teeter on the brink of a break-up, won the Studio 7 Live Award, but only Heidi Range and Kiesha Buchanan arrived with the missing Mutya Buena, said to be suffering from laryngitis.
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Banco de la Provincia, the oldest hank in Latin America, and the rest of the country's financial system teeter on the brink of bankruptcy with only federally ordered bank holidays preventing a total collapse.
THE giant Enron Corporation is continuing to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy after one of the most spectacular business downfalls of all time.