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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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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STEVE Jobs regained control of Apple in 1997, as the company teetered on the brink. What came next was the iMac.
IN OCTOBER 1962, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war.
A BAGHDAD Oil Ministry official was gunned down yesterday as Iraq teetered on the brink of civil war.
A top Tory warned yesterday the Conservative Party, which had teetered on the brink of oblivion several times in its history, might this time not survive.
COLIN MONTGOMERIE was stinging in the rain yesterday as his US Open hopes teetered on the brink.
The sell-off is part of a pounds 1.3billion bail out for the East Kilbride-based firm which has teetered on the brink of insolvency after being hammered by slumping power prices.
Monica Seles teetered on the brink of disaster when she made her European comeback.
As the talks teetered on the brink of c ollapse he made a personal plea to the Ulster Unionist Party and Sinn Fein to come to their senses.
As the talks teetered on the brink of collapse they made a personal plea to the Ulster Unionist Party and Sinn Fein to come to their senses.