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.
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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 danger for businesses that are teetering on the edge is that any change of circumstances, such as a rise in interest rates, the loss of a major customer or suppliers upping their prices will mean that they will not be able to hang on any longer.
But everyone's journey will be much more productive if we step a moment to listen to those of us who have already been to the brink and back again, to hear from them the lessons they can offer to those of us still teetering on the edge.
A DRIVER whose car was teetering on the edge of a 1,400ft drop survived by keeping his foot on the brake for 20 minutes.
Hopefully, with this one, those people teetering on the edge wanting to join me will come forward.
Our guys were teetering on the edge of throwing the towel in right there,'' El Camino Real coach Matt LaCour said.
When Bornn enrolled at Village Christian High of Sun Valley, he felt like a lost soul teetering on the edge.
BRITAIN is teetering on the edge of a recession, the Bank of England warned yesterday.
This could be good news for those teetering on the edge of unemployment.
He was always teetering on the edge between brilliance and insanity, and we were never sure which way he was going to go.