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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 A month ago, as Russia's war in Ukraine pushed the world to the brink of a food crisis, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered to help countries facing shortages. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 17 May 2022 But the relentlessness of the deaths linked to Covid, and his personal ties to so many who were dying, brought him to the brink of quitting in the fall of 2020. New York Times, 14 May 2022 There was the Heat’s 35-point win that pushed them to the brink of a series win. Mark Heim |, al, 12 May 2022 But with Butler pushing the 76ers to the brink of elimination, Rivers acknowledged something might have to change. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Despite Mexico outlawing some fishing and the use of gillnets in 2017, these practices continue to push vaquitas, which share a habitat with the endangered totoaba fish, to the brink of extinction. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 But the housing market — the same one that has pushed many Utahns to the brink of homelessness — makes finding a new place much more difficult. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 After being pushed to the brink of extinction, California condors have returned to a slice of Northern California habitat for the first time in 130 years. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 One is the metabolic disease that had brought Colton to the brink of death. Mark Johnson,, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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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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