Definition of teeter on the brink (or edge) in US English:

teeter on the brink (or edge)

phrase

  • Be very close to a difficult or dangerous situation.

    ‘the country teetered on the brink of civil war’
    • ‘As the world teeters on the brink of their destruction it might ponder another way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the country teeters on the brink, here, at last, is a time for frankness.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘It teeters on the brink of journalistic disloyalty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The corporate sector is already teetering on the edge of a profits crisis, as the next chart shows.’
    • ‘As the country teeters on the brink of war, he recalls his journey back to his birthplace and the changed land he found’