Meaning of “brink” in the English Dictionary

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"brink" in British English

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brinknoun [ S ]

uk /brɪŋk/ us /brɪŋk/

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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  • These countries are on the brink of a disastrous famine.
  • Many companies are on the brink of ruin.
  • Negotiations between the two countries are on the brink of collapse.
  • What we are seeing now is a country teetering on the brink of civil war.
  • Not long ago the river otter was on the brink of extinction.

(Definition of “brink” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brink" in American English

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brinknoun [ U ]

us /brɪŋk/

the edge of a cliff or other high area, or the point at which something good or bad will happen:

The company was on the brink of collapse.

(Definition of “brink” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"brink" in Business English

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brinknoun [ S ]

uk /brɪŋk/ us

the point where a new, different, or dangerous situation is about to begin:

the brink of collapse/bankruptcy/disaster Debt crisis led many companies to the brink of bankruptcy.
They seem to be teetering on the brink of a major crisis.
Right now the company is poised on the brink of success.

(Definition of “brink” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)