border on

phrasal verb
bordered on; bordering on; borders on

Definition of border on

1 : to have a border on (something) : to lie on a boundary of (something) The area my ancestors come from borders on the Atacama Desert.
2 : 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

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“Border on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/border%20on. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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