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

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.
See also: brink, edge, of, on, something, teeter
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Freight rates for Medium Range tankers have dropped and are again teetering on the edge of year-low levels a few weeks into the fourth quarter, with over tonnage pervasive and the gasoline arbitrage route westwards unattractive to traders as US stocks keep building.
Jane |discoverson the Clocking onto where he might be, she heads to Lucy's grave, but finally finds him teetering on the edge of a bridge.
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A DRIVER whose car was left teetering on the edge of a cliff after following his sat-nav was ordered to pay nearly pounds 900 for driving without due care and attention.
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A bullpen teetering on the edge of disaster found its savior Saturday night.
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In Men and Boys, the poet records that moment when farm boys are teetering on the edge of manhood by making little pulls on the tractor throttles and roaring the engines while their fathers visit.
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Rent it if: You enjoy teetering on the edge of the sofa until the very last frame.
Thirty years of maintaining the facade of the perfect life, despite her husband's lies and infidelity, keep Barbara teetering on the edge of an alcoholic relapse.
Teetering on the edge of a cliff, Harry Seidler's latest remarkable house is an assertive work in the tradition of Heroic Modernism, shaped equally by global culture and technology and local influences from site and place.
The dancers ran to the edge of the stage and stared intensely out at the audience, as if teetering on the edge of a high precipice.