One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be very close to a difficult or dangerous situation.‘the country teetered on the brink of civil war’‘they are teetering on the edge of exhaustion’
- ‘As the country teeters on the brink of war, he recalls his journey back to his birthplace and the changed land he found’
- ‘Hidden debt not on balance sheets led many investors to believe companies were healthy when in fact they were teetering on the edge of insolvency.’
- ‘It teeters on the brink of journalistic disloyalty.’
- ‘The corporate sector is already teetering on the edge of a profits crisis, as the next chart shows.’
- ‘It's going to place a financial strain on everyone and those already teetering on the edge could find themselves going over.’
- ‘The world, at that time, was teetering on the edge of nuclear catastrophe, walking the tightrope between the western powers and the erstwhile USSR.’
- ‘It's certainly ambitious and unusual, a traditional story told in a bravura, experimental style, which at times is hilarious but at others teeters on the edge of tedium.’
- ‘As the country teeters on the brink, here, at last, is a time for frankness.’
- ‘As the world teeters on the brink of their destruction it might ponder another way.’
- ‘Village shops continued to close while others teetered on the brink although community-owned shops, Internet retailing and home delivery schemes were becoming more popular.’
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