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English definition of “brink”

brink

noun [S]     /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 .Turning points and deciding moments literary the edge of a cliff or other high area : She was standing right on the brink of the gorge .Edges and extremities of objectsSurfaces of objects
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