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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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"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.
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"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 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)
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