\ˈbriŋk \

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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With their season on the brink in the district playback game on May 24, the Panthers trailed Radnor, 7-1, entering the fourth quarter before prevailing, 9-8, in double overtime. Aaron Carter,, "Senior leadership propels Strath Haven into PIAA boys' lacrosse finale," 8 June 2018 The turtle champions are people who go above and beyond to help turtles, actually putting at least $120 towards the effort to bring Blanding’s turtles back from the brink in northern Illinois. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Turtle champions' determined to rebuild endangered Blanding's population in Lake County area," 30 May 2018 Many banks are on the brink of insolvency, in part because of pyramid schemes that swindled millions of poor Iranians. The Economist, "Mullahs rig the price of moolah in Iran," 21 Apr. 2018 To dissociate themselves from the chancellor’s decision to keep Germany’s borders open during the refugee crisis, the Bavarians are pushing her to the brink. The Economist, "The politics of migration in Germany," 21 June 2018 Rape, child molestation, divorce and loneliness were just a few of the triggers that pushed them to the brink. Wayne Drash And Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Back from the brink of suicide, they want to save others," 14 June 2018 The protests, held each Friday, have pushed the healthcare system to the brink. Hanah Salah,, "Israel shoots to wound, not kill. That has led to a wave of amputations in Gaza," 8 June 2018 In West Virginia, where starting teachers make about $32,000 a year, and Oklahoma, where budget cuts have forced some schools to move to four-day weeks, teachers were pushed to the brink. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "From the classroom to the campaign trail: Emboldened teachers run for office," 2 June 2018 That would not have been an issue had the USGA not pushed the greens to the brink in the first place. Marcus Hayes,, "USGA says No. 7 at Shinnecock won't happen in this year's U.S. Open. But what will? | Marcus Hayes," 22 May 2018

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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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