Brink meaning

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The definition of brink is the edge of something steep, or the point right before something unpleasant is about to happen.

When a disaster is about to occur, this is an example of a time when you are on the brink of disaster.

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The point at which something is likely to begin; the verge.
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The edge, esp. at the top of a steep place; verge.

At the brink of war.

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The bank, esp. when steep, of a river or other body of water.
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The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge, as of a river or pit; a verge; a border; as, the brink of a chasm. Also used figuratively.
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Origin of brink

  • Middle English probably of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English brinke, from Proto-Germanic *brinkaz (compare Dutch brink (“grassland”), dialectal German Brunkel, Icelandic brekka (“slope”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰren- ‘project’ (compare Tocharian B prenke (“island”), Irish braine (“prow”)).

    From Wiktionary