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Definition of brink

1 : edge especially : the edge at the top of a steep place
2 : a bank especially of a river
3 : the point of onset : verge on the brink of war
4 : the threshold of danger

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Examples of brink in a Sentence

was at the brink of death when the rescuers arrived
Recent Examples on the Web The latest wave of infections since April has pushed India’s health care to the brink with people begging for oxygen cylinders and hospital beds on social media and news channels. Time, "The Indian Government Is Facing Calls for a National Lockdown," 5 May 2021 This harrowing tale highlights the plight of millions of Indians who are being pushed to the brink by the country’s ferocious second wave of the pandemic. Vikas Dandekar, STAT, "In Covid’s grip, India gasps for air: ‘If there is an apocalypse, this has to be one’," 28 Apr. 2021 Her reaction to Brett is the reader’s first sign that M is close to the brink, mentally, and that this book will be a windswept affair. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Rachel Cusk’s New Novel Turns Up the Heat at a Private Artist’s Retreat," 26 Apr. 2021 Brazil has the second-highest total of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the world at more than 375,000, trailing only the U.S.—and with the emergence of the P.1 variant, the country’s health system has been pushed to the brink. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "In the fight against COVID, Brazil’s surge won’t stay in Brazil," 23 Apr. 2021 Illinois’ climate is swiftly changing, becoming warmer and wetter and signaling long-term shifts that could push people, cities and ecosystems to the brink. Morgan Greene,, "‘If you want a scary story:’ Agriculture, human health and ecosystems at risk as Illinois’ climate is quickly changing, report shows.," 20 Apr. 2021 The bullpen has been about the only reliably clean part of the Yankees game, but their lack of starting pitching length by anyone not named Gerrit Cole is pushing them to the brink. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees waste Aaron Judge’s 2 homer day, lose to Blue Jays on Bo Bichette’s walk-off homer," 14 Apr. 2021 From Brazil to Peru and Chile, hospitals are being pushed to the brink as infections surge to record levels, crimping hopes for an economic rebound. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso Wins Presidential Election," 12 Apr. 2021 The script seemed set Saturday night, when Johnny Juzang’s heroics pushed Gonzaga to the brink before Suggs banked in March’s greatest moment. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "How Baylor took apart previously perfect Gonzaga in NCAA championship game," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of brink

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brink

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse brekka slope; akin to Middle Dutch brink grassland

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The first known use of brink was in the 13th century

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9 May 2021

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“Brink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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Kids Definition of brink

1 : the edge at the top of a steep place
2 : a point of beginning But everything else was … on the brink of burning …— Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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