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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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Synonyms for brink


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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The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of their first NBA title, while the defending champions Golden State Warriors are on the brink of elimination with a huge Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night north of the boarder. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "NBA Finals live updates: Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Game 5 score, how to watch," 10 June 2019 County education officials confirmed to The Times on Monday that the school district is on the brink of insolvency, with insufficient reserves to pay its bills, according to a May 31 analysis. Howard Blume,, "Ex-school district leader found dead two months after stepping down amid questions," 10 June 2019 The key player, involved in the biggest decision, on the brink of an epic game. Ann Killion,, "On the brink: is Game 5 the biggest game in Warriors history?," 10 June 2019 Just last month, Fed officials agreed to leave rates unchanged as Washington’s trade war with China seemed on the brink of being resolved. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Wall Street Asks When, Not if, the Fed Will Cut Interest Rates," 9 June 2019 The relationships help students who are on the brink of success build self-confidence, develop communication and interpersonal skills, discover their passions and find meaningful connections between school and the future. Houston Chronicle, "Spring Branch Education Foundation announces 2019 grants," 7 June 2019 Roodt reserves special ire for South Africa’s dominant party, the African National Congress, which is presently engulfed in yet another high-level corruption scandal as the economy teeters on the brink of recession. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 Why does the Atlantic alliance now seem on the brink of coming apart? Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Europe and America Seventy-Five Years After D Day," 6 June 2019 Is our girl Ari on the brink of becoming a major beauty guru like Rihanna? Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's 'Cloud' Wins Fragrance of the Year Award," 6 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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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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