01. He got so frustrated at work that he was on the [brink] of quitting his job.
02. The country seems almost on the [brink] of civil war as fighting intensifies between government troops and rebel forces.
03. Government researchers are believed to be on the [brink] of a major new discovery in the treatment of the disease.
04. President John F. Kennedy took the U.S. to the [brink] of a war with the U.S.S.R. during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
05. The child was standing on the [brink] of the canyon, much too close to the edge.
06. This planet could be on the [brink] of an environmental disaster if we don't do something to stop pollution.
07. In 2001, the assassination of King Birenda and eight other members of the Royal family of Nepal brought that country to the [brink] of political chaos.
08. He stood on the [brink] of the cliff and carefully looked over.
09. During the Second World War, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was successful in rallying the British people and leading them from the [brink] of defeat to victory over the Germans.
10. The company is tottering on the [brink] of financial ruin and must do something to bring costs down if it is to survive.
11. After years of fighting, the two countries seem to be on the [brink] of a historic peace settlement.
12. The company was on the [brink] of bankruptcy when he took over, but he was able to turn things around.
13. She pulled him back from the [brink] of the canyon, just before the rock he was standing on gave way and plunged down the cliff side.
14. The death of his son and subsequent suicide attempt by his wife drove him to the [brink] of madness.
15. John Foster Dulles once suggested that the ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art; if you are scared to go to the [brink], you are lost.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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