on the verge of

Definition of on the verge of

  1. :  at the point when (something) is about to happen or is very likely to happen The company was on the verge of going bankrupt. The child was on the verge of tears. We were on the verge of divorce.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a rod or staff carried as an emblem of authority or symbol of office

    :  a stick or wand held by a person being admitted to tenancy while he swears fealty

    :  the spindle of a watch balance

  1. :  to be contiguous

    :  to be on the verge or border

  1. :  to move or tend toward the horizon :  sink

    :  to move or extend in some direction or toward some condition

    :  to be in transition or change

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