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brink

noun [S] uk   /brɪŋk/ us  
C2 the point where a new or different situation is about to begin: Extreme stress had driven him to the brink of a nervous breakdown. Scientists are on the brink of (= extremely close to) a major new discovery. literary the edge of a cliff or other high area: She was standing right on the brink of the gorge.
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