on the edge of

idiom

: very close to (something)
a species on the edge of extinction
The company was teetering on the edge of disaster/bankruptcy.
He was on the edge of saying something when the phone rang.

Examples of on the edge of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a deadly combination of the climate crisis and escalating political tensions on the edge of the Sahara has forced the same previously unthinkable shift onto some 30,000 other herders in Mauritania. Jack Thompson, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 June 2024 Love Is Blind's Lydia and Milton had viewers on the edge of their seats wondering if the couple would make it down the aisle in season 5. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 1 June 2024 Firefighters with the San Francisco Fire Department rescued the dog using a rope set up on the edge of the cliff, the department said on X, formerly known as Twitter, Sunday, May 26. Brooke Baitinger, Sacramento Bee, 31 May 2024 Regardless, the first place where police started enforcing the ordinance was near Walton’s home on the edge of Balboa Park. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for on the edge of 

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“On the edge of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20edge%20of. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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