teeter on the edge of (something)

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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.
See also: edge, of, on, teeter
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CAPTAIN John Lloyd defended his decision to rest Andy Murray as Britain's Davis Cup hopes teetered on the edge of oblivion.
These changes have resulted in considerable doom and gloom for the mainstream travel market--airlines have teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, and some hotels are emptier than they have been since being built.
He was trapped in the wreckage as it teetered on the edge of a motorway bridge.
All four have teetered on the edge of extinction but, at least partly as a payoff for "doing time" in captivity, they've dodged the bullet for now.
For decades, the country's bald eagle population teetered on the edge of extinction.