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on the verge of (doing) (something)
Closely approaching some action or outcome; very nearly at the point at which something will happen. After weeks of failed experiments, I think we're finally on the verge of a breakthrough. I was on the verge of calling Tom to ask him out on a date, but I lost my nerve at the last moment.
to the verge of (something)
To the cusp of something; to the point where some action or outcome is nearly able to happen. Their latest victory pushes this underdog team to the verge of the playoffs for the first time in over 60 years. The civil war has pushed the country to the verge of total famine.
verge (up)on (something)
1. Literally, to be positioned next to something. France verges upon Spain to the south. That shed definitely verges on our property.
2. To approach or be very similar to some state, condition, action, etc. Be careful, some sections of this paper are verging on plagiarism. Her snide comments verged upon insult.
verge into (something)
To pass, change, or merge slowly or incrementally into a different form, state, or condition. I could feel my gaiety verging into melancholy and anxiety as the party wore on. We sat on the mountaintop, watching the glorious colors bloom on the horizon as the night verged slowly into morning.
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on the verge (of doing something)and on the verge of something
at the very beginning of doing something; just about to do something. Bill was on the verge of leaving town when he found a job. Susan was on the verge of laughter, so she left the lecture hall.
verge into something
to change gradually into something. The reds verged into a violet color that seemed to glow. The cool morning verged imperceptibly into a steamy midday.
verge (up)on something
to be almost identical to something; to be similar to or almost the same as something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Your actions verge upon mutiny. What you said verges on an insult.
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on the verge of
Close to, on the brink of, as in I was on the verge of calling the doctor when he suddenly got better, or Sara was on the verge of tears when she heard the news. This term uses verge in the sense of "the brink or border of something." [Mid-1800s]
1. Approach, come close to, as in Her ability verges on genius. [Early 1800s]
2. Be on the edge or border of, as in Our property verges on conservation land. [Late 1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
on/to the verge of something/of doing somethingat or close to the point or time when somebody does something or something happens: She was on the verge of tears. ♢ We’re on the verge of signing a new contract.
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1. To be on the edge or border of something: The park verges on the neighboring town.
2. To approach the nature or condition of something; come close to something: Their confidence verges on arrogance.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.