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on the verge of (something)

Very closely approaching something; 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.
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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.
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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 share similarities with something without being identical to it; to be very close or similar to something. Be careful, some sections of this paper are verging on plagiarism. Her snide comments verged upon insult.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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verge on

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]
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on/to the verge of something/of doing something

at 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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verge on

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.
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But British wild flora conservation charity Plantlife is warning that these last bastions for some of the UK's rarest plants are also under threat -- and the plants they harbor at risk of extinction -- unless urgent action is taken to manage road verges better.
lt;B City residents will get a say on how they want the problem of cars on grass verges tackled
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The previous policy was for only two cuts per year on rural verges as now.
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I went over to the private hire car and politely asked him if he could moved his car half onto the grass verge.
A CITY council inquiry has been launched to deal with the menace of motorists parking on grass verges and churning up the ground.
Where there are double yellow lines, cars are automatically banned from parking on the pavement or grass verge.
The verge was dug up recently to lay wires for the new housing.
I know Wrexham and Denbighshire councils have already begun some grass verge cutting, but I'm asking them to delay carrying out any more, unless there are safety issues, such as the view of drivers being obscured at junctions.
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But a Denbighshire Council spokesman said only 1m of the verge was cut adding: ""'We were badly affected in many ways by the late arrival of a substantial amount of snow and this also had an impact on our highways maintenance schedule.
At the same time, one of the most popular requests I receive from residents in this ward is to have the grass verge removed to ease parking problems
AN Emirates jet was at the centre of a recovery operation last night after getting stuck on a grass verge shortly after landing at Birmingham Airport.