be on the brink of (doing something)

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be on the brink of (doing something)

To be on the verge of doing something or of having some imminent event happen, especially that which is bad or disastrous. The company is still doing business, but ever since the recession hit they've been on the brink of closing down. The crew is so maddened by the cuts to their pay that everyone is on the brink of quitting.
See also: brink, of, on
References in classic literature ?
They attained the summit with some toil, but found, instead of a level, or rather undulating plain, that they were on the brink of a deep and precipitous ravine, from the bottom of which rose a second slope, similar to the one they had just ascended.
When I became governor we were on the brink of bankruptcy; you elected me to make changes and that's what I'm trying to do,'' Schwarzenegger said.