brink - definition and synonyms

 
noun [singular] 

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/brɪŋk/
  1. 1

    the brink

    the point in time when something very bad or very good is about to happen
    on the brink of (doing) something:

    She believed she was on the brink of discovering a cure for cancer.

    bring someone to the brink of something:

    The crisis brought the two nations to the brink of war.

    back from the brink of something:

    A late goal pulled the team back from the brink of defeat.

  2. 2
    literary the top of a very steep cliff