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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 Writing in the late 1930s, Steinbeck too observed the impact of hunger on the working class, and how the paradoxical waste of food destruction would enrage those on the brink of survival. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'The Saddest, Bitterest Thing of All.’ From the Great Depression to Today, a Long History of Food Destruction in the Face of Hunger," 28 May 2020 The already fragile American middle class, still reeling from the late-2000s housing crash and global financial crisis, seems to teeter on the brink of despair. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "With 100,000 dead from coronavirus, U.S. sees its promise and flaws far more clearly," 27 May 2020 Office work seemed on the brink of a profound shift. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Can Remote Work Be Fixed?," 26 May 2020 But our Tesla trek does prove that cross-country journeys in electric vehicles are on the brink of becoming not only feasible but also low-stress affairs. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "How Well Does an Tesla Model 3 Work For a Long Trip?," 22 May 2020 Those patients are showing up in regional hospitals, some of which are now on the brink of being overrun. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabama’s Black Belt is in trouble, again," 22 May 2020 The United Nations has warned the virus could spread rapidly in a country where the health care system is fragile and millions are on the brink of famine. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, "The US cleared the way for a new arms sale to the UAE, despite evidence it violated the last one," 22 May 2020 Green Bay appeared to be on the brink of a dynasty, following the 1996 season with another 13-3 campaign in 1997, although this one ended painfully in an upset loss to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Desmond Howard's dagger helps the Packers win Super Bowl XXXI," 22 May 2020 The decade that followed the 2008 financial crisis saw the euro zone teeter on the brink of collapse, Britain vote to leave the European Union, and Donald Trump elected president. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic’s Coming Geopolitical Second Wave," 18 May 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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