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"brink" in British English

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brinknoun [S]

uk   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 ​nervousbreakdown. Scientists are on the brink of (= ​extremelyclose to) a ​major new ​discovery. literary the ​edge of a cliff or other high ​area: She was ​standingright on the brink of the ​gorge.

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(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   us   /brɪŋk/
the ​point where a new, different, or dangerous ​situation is about to begin: the brink of collapse/bankruptcy/disaster Debt ​crisisled many ​companies to the brink of ​bankruptcy. They seem to be teetering on the brink of a ​majorcrisis. Right now the ​company is poised on the brink of ​success.
(Definition of brink from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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