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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.
See also: of, on, verge

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.
See also: of, to, verge

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.
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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: on, verge

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.
See also: on, verge
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: of, on, verge

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]
See also: on, verge
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 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.
See also: of, on, something, to, verge
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: on, verge
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.
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In 2012 that policy was amended to discontinue the annual 'wide cutting' of all roadside verges, and instead focus on certain areas for safety reasons."
There is an opportunity to help if local councils adopt the Plantlife policy for maintaining road side verges and grassed areas."
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The maximum fine for damaging a grass verge is PS1,000 - but this level of penalty is only meted out by courts.
"And the irony of that fact is not lost on me." He added: "There is no excuse for council contractors, or anyone else for that matter, to park on grass verges."
"We have to make careful decisions as to where wildflower verges can be planted, high plant life can dangerously limit a driver's view at some junctions and bends."
They are forcing out other wildlife-friendly and threatened species that prefer less rich soil, with the array of wildflowers on road verges shrinking by almost a fifth, analysis of trends since 1990 show.
The report added that most people didn't realise that roadside hedges, ditches and overhanging branches were the responsibility of the landowner, while verges were the responsibility of the council.
In his tweet to the Examiner, he asked: "Why would @KirkleesCouncil authorise cutting grass verges in this weather, residents on Ings Way not happy.
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.
The state of grass verges has also been a key issue in the Hall Green local council by-election campaign.
They drive over newly re-seeded verges (a total waste of taxes) and even park against young saplings that are in their way and break supports.
Now they are going to fine people for parking on grass verges. Well, I have a better idea.
More than 500 people had turned out for a send-off and with car parks full, some family and friends were forced to use grass verges outside Helston Methodist Church in Cornwall.