on the cusp


: at the point when something is about to change to something else
She is on the cusp of being a star.
on the cusp between childhood and adolescence
I was born on the cusp between Leo and Virgo.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Michael Malone is again on the cusp of getting the Nuggets to the NBA Finals. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2023 One of the last happy, carefree times for us as children on the cusp of our teenage years. Smithsonian Magazine, 15 May 2023 At the time, the country appeared to be on the cusp of controlling the pandemic, thanks to the introduction of vaccines. Jessica Bartlett, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2023 For the first time in three decades, Napoli stands on the cusp of an Italian soccer championship. Rory Smith, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Now, the two countries appear to be on the cusp of resuming cooperation on science and technology projects. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 23 Mar. 2023 The combination of the two biggest and best-known Swiss banks, each with storied histories dating to the mid-19th century, amounts to a thunderclap for Switzerland’s reputation as a global financial center — leaving it on the cusp of having a single national champion in banking. Jamey Keaten, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2023 This marks the first time in eight months that the Russians are on the cusp of taking a Ukrainian city. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 6 Mar. 2023 At 27-2 and on the cusp of winning Fairfield's first state championship in any team sport, it's been one heck of a farewell tour for the Garbers. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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“On the cusp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20cusp. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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