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

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.

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.

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.
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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They were still quite a distance from him and he could not be quite sure of them, but there was something verging upon the unnatural about them.
Out of so large a number of females, many of whom were only then just verging upon womanhood, it may be reasonably supposed that some were delicate and fragile in appearance: no doubt there were.
The hands of the clock verging upon the hour of closing the Bank, there was a general set of the current of talkers past Mr.
Or, in his reckless course, often verging upon profligacy, if not plunging into its depths, had he been guilty of some deed which made his bosom a prey to the deadlier fangs of remorse?
Hilbery was depressed without visible cause, unless a certain crudeness verging upon coarseness in the temper of her favorite Elizabethans could be held responsible for the mood.
As Smith-Oldwick realized that he was alone and practically defenseless in an enclosure filled with great lions he was, in his weakened condition, almost in a state verging upon hysterical terror.
But the other guests seemed to have felt a similar indifference, and they helped themselves to breakfast from the sideboard at intervals during the hours verging upon lunch.
The tricky bit was to achieve this objective without creating the sort of monster that would outrage public opinion, and even be in danger of verging upon tackiness.
Furthermore, her analysis that the torpedo was the key driver of change in naval warfare before 1914 is simplistic to the point of verging upon technological determinism.
In terms of its overall crossover design it is innovative yet in the execution of its interior specifics it is verging upon the unimaginative.
Now Subaru has responded with a toned-down model that it says is almost verging upon the discreet, hence the name of WRX STI specD, which stands for Discreet.
We are told that Drabble's work has been ~shamelessly autobiographical', but the book provides so little evidence from any source other than Drabble's conversation and correspondence with the author that we suspect a biographical tact verging upon complicity.
But others express skepticism about those results, with some scientists' questions verging upon accusations of exaggeration.
In comparison to their burbling gas-guzzling V8s of anything up to six-litres beneath bonnets of vehicles as large as the average British house, the Murano was verging upon being the epitome of political correctness.