on/at the threshold

idiom

: at the beginning of something or very close to something (such as a new condition, an important discovery, etc.)
usually + of
young people on the threshold of adulthood

Examples of on/at the threshold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their encounter, a meeting at the threshold of life and death, is tense, but in their eye contact is something familiar: a chilling flash of mutual recognition. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024 That puts these communities right on the threshold between rain and snow, something residents saw play out Wednesday and lasted through Thursday, as the storm alternated between rain and snow in much of Big Bear Valley. Brooke Staggs, Orange County Register, 4 Feb. 2024 But mathematicians are still stumped by what happens exactly at the threshold for most graphs, including the three-dimensional grid. Quanta Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 Toxicologists can assess the level of cancer risk against different thresholds used by scientists, governments and others; the same device can pass one test but fail another depending on the threshold. Debbie Cenziper, ProPublica, 28 Dec. 2023 The two-dimensional grid is one of the few cases where mathematicians have proved what happens exactly at the threshold: infinite clusters don’t form. Quanta Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 The 71-second video shared by Massaquoi on Saturday appears to show him holding his phone up to record or stream video among about a dozen protesters, some with their faces covered or wearing Trump 2020 hats, crowded at the threshold of a door into the Capitol. Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 Artisan Gateway shows the Chinese box office on the threshold of a $7 billion total for the year. Patrick Frater, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Yet even on the threshold of growth, a question lingers. David Streitfeld, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2023

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“On/at the threshold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%2Fat%20the%20threshold. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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