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1An extreme edge of land before a steep or vertical slope.‘the brink of the cliffs’
edge, verge, margin, rim, lipView synonyms
- ‘The young brave soon found he was on the brink of a cliff hanging high over a wide river.’
- ‘At last he implored Edgar to guide him to the brink of a cliff so that he could throw himself off.’
- ‘I took a seat on the brink of the pond and ran my hand along the warm water.’
- ‘She stood on the brink of a waterfall, the icy cold river rushed about her waist.’
- ‘It didn't feel like she was on the brink of a cliff about to fall off.’
- ‘I am now finding myself on a deserted beach on the brink of a saline washout.’
- 1.1A point at which something, typically something unwelcome, is about to happen; the verge.‘the country was on the brink of a constitutional crisis’‘a hapless dictator teetering on the brink’
Middle English: of Scandinavian origin.
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