brink

noun
\ ˈbriŋk How to pronounce brink (audio) \

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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Synonyms for brink

Synonyms

cusp, edge, point, threshold, verge

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Examples of brink in a Sentence

was at the brink of death when the rescuers arrived

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When Platinum's flagship hedge fund was on the brink of collapse, Nordlicht and other executives concealed the truth from investors to stave off withdrawals and bring in fresh capital, prosecutors said. Washington Post, "Uber offers roomier 'comfort rides'," 10 July 2019 The news also comes after Football Insider sources have revealed that Leeds are now on the brink of selling their fourth defender in the space of a week after agreeing to part ways with Tyler Denton. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Kean to Everton, Atletico Madrid Contact Olmo, Leicester Eye Up Praet & More," 10 July 2019 No one would be more surprised than the Gipper to learn that in 2019, the AMA is on the brink of repudiating every particle of their bygone collaboration. William A. Estes, National Review, "The American Medical Association Flirts with Socialized Medicine," 28 June 2019 Well, tune in your ears, as this dwindling Carolinian brogue (or dialect) may be on the brink of extinction. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Residents of This Outer Banks Island Speak a Unique Elizabethan English and Pirates Dialect," 27 June 2019 Philanthropist Horace Rackham donated $100,000 to buy more land in 1914 and Donald Ross, on the brink of golf architectural fame, was hired to build two 18-hole courses that opened in 1916. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford, Jerome Bettis and the history of Detroit Golf Club," 25 June 2019 Sarah Radcliffe, an attorney with advocacy group Disability Rights Oregon, said county mental health care programs are an essential safety net for Oregonians on the brink of crisis. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County leader calls planned state mental health cuts ‘devastating’," 21 June 2019 The conflict in Yemen has killed thousands of civilians and left millions more are on the brink of starvation. NBC News, "Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump pledges veto," 20 June 2019 The conflict in Yemen has killed thousands of civilians and left millions more are on the brink of starvation. Susannah George, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump pledges veto," 20 June 2019

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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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brink

noun
\ ˈbriŋk How to pronounce brink (audio) \

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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