on/at the point of (doing something)

idiom

Definition of on/at the point of (doing something)

: at a time just before (doing something)
  • She was at the point of leaving when he asked her to dance.
  • The police are on the point of solving the case.

Word by Word Definitions

point play
  1. : an individual detail : item

  2. : a distinguishing detail

  3. : the most important essential in a discussion or matter

  1. : to furnish with a point : sharpen

  2. : to give added force, emphasis, or piquancy to

  3. : to scratch out the old mortar from the joints of (something, such as a brick wall) and fill in with new material

doing play
  1. : the act of performing or executing : action

  2. : things that are done or that occur : goings-on

  3. : social activities

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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