Brink



the edge or margin of a steep place or of land bordering water.
any extreme edge; verge.
a crucial or critical point, especially of a situation or state beyond which success or catastrophe occurs:
We were on the brink of war.
Contemporary Examples

Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too Joanna Eede February 17, 2014
Fiction Wrestles With the Taliban Taylor Antrim May 16, 2010
Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring on Their 11-Year Journey to Letterman and Viral Stardom Marlow Stern April 2, 2014
One Year Later, Libya’s Long Road Continues Jamie Dettmer October 21, 2012
Suzy Welch’s Decision-Making Secrets Tina Brown April 15, 2009

Historical Examples

The Lance of Kanana Harry W. French
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
Diana Tempest, Volume III (of 3) Mary Cholmondeley
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
Wake-Robin John Burroughs

noun
the edge, border, or verge of a steep place: the brink of the precipice
the highest point; top: the sun fell below the brink of the hill
the land at the edge of a body of water
the verge of an event or state: the brink of disaster
n.

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