(to be) on the verge of

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - on the verge of

"(to be) on the verge of"

to be very close to doing or experiencing something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the verge of

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I have been going over the budget for the next quarter and with the economic downturn it looks like we are going to have to cut the Research and Development budget.

Colleague 2:  That would be terrible. After five years of hard work, R&D are on the verge of a major breakthrough that will revolutionize the industry and make the company a lot of money.

Colleague 1:  How much more time is needed?

Colleague 2:  They are really close. Perhaps only one more quarter of funding is necessary.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the verge of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Isn't it great that Barbara was honored at the volunteer banquet last night?

Friend 2:  Well, Barbara really deserves the recognition. She is an unfailing supporter of many charities and gives so much of her time. And you could tell by her behavior that she was really affected by the honor.

Friend 1:  Yes, although Barbara never really shows much emotion, she was on the verge of tears when she received the honor.

Friend 2:  But of course, being the classy lady that she is, she didn't actually cry.

(to be) on the verge of - Usage:


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(to be) on the verge of - Gerund Form:

Being on the verge of tears, she excused herself from the meeting.

(to be) on the verge of - Examples:

1)  ... nation where years of a violent conflict have reportedly left over 100,000 people on the verge of facing starvation.

2)  It's been clear for some time now that the automotive industry is on the verge of evolving more over the next two decades than it has in the past hundred.

3)  We may be on the verge of officially leaping into spring next week, but cooler temperatures are not quite done.

4)  came into power at a time when the country was on the verge of bankruptcy. But now, she added, the national economy was showing positive ...

5)  ... it may seem strange to assert that China may now be on the verge of ascending to a new level of global influence.

6)  In a country hit by an economic embargo and on the verge of famine, this has become a life-and-death issue.

7)  We're on the verge of a major health crisis, with age-related dementias like Alzheimer's disease expected to ...

8)  Yet, Block says we are on the verge of an even bigger disruption - Artificial Intelligence (AI).

9)  Historic buildings on the verge of collapse were given a new lease on life.

10)  In almost every chapter, someone is crying or on the verge of tears.

11)  ... for economic and political reasons, we may be on the verge of taking the opposite tack when it comes to our innovative startups.

12)  ... decided to get rid of her phone number after she realized she was on the verge of suffering from depression.

13)  My wife has been keeping it together, but she is on the verge of breaking down.

14)  With this vote, BC schools are finally on the verge of having better working and learning conditions back in place.

15)  It's not wrong or even unusual for a young man on the verge of a terrific sporting career to not want to have children yet.

16)  ... as he himself had stated many a time, the country was on the verge of collapse and the people were down and out.

17)  Among the victims are elderly, poverty-stricken families on the verge of homelessness as well as a disabled veteran who was hospitalized, medicated and awaiting ...

18)  Gripped by drought and possibly on the verge of total economic collapse, the nation is still struggling ...

19)  He was on the verge of becoming a vagrant when he won the US lottery and ...

20)  Two days of incessant rain had left the College Road pitch on the verge of unplayable.