verge (up)on (something)

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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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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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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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verge on

v.
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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Romantic science could verge upon the weird (phrenology) and the bizarre (animal magnetism).
At base is a sense of absurdity, as when Walsh offers a connoisseurship of hard versus soft "boing." Some works, such as a quirky book by Thomson that provides suggestions for projects including hanging a dark cloud of balloons over the gallery, verge upon the cloying, but at their best they are, to quote a 1981 Ruscha, 1/2 STARVED, 1/2 CROCKED, 1/2 INSANE.
I would point out that some of your website's claims verge upon promises which you couldn't guarantee.
are of considerable service to neighbourhoods that verge upon them, by furnishing them with peat and turf for their firing; with fuel for the burning of their lime; and with ashes for their grasses; and by maintaining their geese and their stock of young cattle at little or no expense.
The poem thus cultivates the human fears relating to sexual deviance and its monstrous repercussions, such as the creation of the Minotaur, the half-human half-beastly creature dwelling both at the center of the labyrinth and at the heart of Ariadne's legend, or the birth of Achilles and Neoptolemus, mortal heroes whose deeds constantly verge upon the worst of abuses and involve the brutal mistr eatment of women.
Thomas Hampson, his recorded presence seemingly within the orchestra, is a commanding and expressive narrator, though certain aspects of his delivery do verge upon the mannered.