border on

phrasal verb

bordered on; bordering on; borders on
: to have a border on (something) : to lie on a boundary of (something)
The area my ancestors come from borders on the Atacama Desert.
: to be very like (something) : to come very close to being (something)
The play's dialog borders on the ridiculous.
an enthusiasm bordering on fanaticism

Examples of border on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That number is way above league average and borders on must-play. Jack Magruder, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Faith in renewing the PA borders on the delusional. Raja Khalidi, Foreign Affairs, 19 Mar. 2024 From the delicate border on Petra’s woolen shawl (costumes are by David Zinn) to the Rosemaling patterns painted on the white set (by the design collective Dots), the production creates a seductive and convincing world in the realm of the senses. Naveen Kumar, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2024 These are roughly credit-card-size images (3.4 inches x 2.1 inches) and are vertically oriented with a larger border on the short side. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 19 Mar. 2024 The Candlelight project is located in one of the few undeveloped areas of San Diego County, about a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border on vacant land. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2024 While Texas troopers have already been arresting some migrant adults who cross the U.S.-Mexico border on state trespassing charges, that effort has required the consent of private property owners. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 29 Feb. 2024 Thousands of farmers marched in Poland's capital and Spanish farmers cut off traffic on highways near the French border on Tuesday in the latest protests against food imports from Ukraine and the European Union's agricultural policies. Vanessa Gera, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 More than in previous years, House Speaker Todd Huston has expressed an openness to Freeman’s thinking that borders on support. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024

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“Border on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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