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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 Many locals fear that Kyrgyzstan is on the brink of chaos, after Sooronbay Jeyenbekov, the president, tendered his resignation on October 15th. The Economist, "Kyrgyzstan’s president resigns as a recent convict takes charge," 17 Oct. 2020 The Astros are on the brink of completing a comeback that only the 2004 Boston Red Sox have realized, overcoming a 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Houston forces Game 7 in ALCS with 7-4 win over Tampa Bay," 16 Oct. 2020 Last year, the Wave was on the brink of cracking the Top 25 and went on the road and got manhandled by Memphis. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Tulane lets another opportunity to send a statement slip by in overtime loss to SMU," 16 Oct. 2020 There’s a certain take on how to live well in New York that’s nearly gone now but, like most things on the brink of extinction, still has a lot to teach us. David Netto, ELLE Decor, "Tom Scheerer Adds Cool Elegance in a Redo of a New York City Apartment," 15 Oct. 2020 At least 10 times a day, someone on the brink of death from a drug overdose is saved in San Francisco, according to new data provided to The Chronicle. Trisha Thadani,, "S.F.’s overdose numbers are staggeringly high. They could have been even higher without Narcan," 15 Oct. 2020 Except for an occasional homer, the Tampa Bay Rays' offense has fallen largely silent on the brink of the World Series. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Rays' offense stuck in neutral again as Astros force Game 6," 15 Oct. 2020 The teams Orlando City will face before Gallese’s return — New York Red Bulls, Inter Miami and Atlanta United — are just on the brink of playoff contention. Julia Poe,, "3 things we learned from Orlando City’s draw with NYCFC," 14 Oct. 2020 The Houston Astros are on the brink of elimination while the Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to knock their opponents out of the playoffs tonight when these teams meet in Game 4 of the 2020 American League Championship Series. oregonlive, "Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays ALDS Game 4 free live stream: MLB playoffs score, time, TV channel, how to watch online," 14 Oct. 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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The first known use of brink was in the 13th century

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23 Oct 2020

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“Brink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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