Idiom:  on the verge


Idiom:  on the verge (of something)

  • close to doing or experiencing something
  • at the point when something is about to happen

Example sentences

  • I was on the verge of accusing my roommate of stealing my money from the jar in the kitchen when I remembered I’d used it to pay the pizza delivery man.
  • My mom was on the verge of crying when my dad forgot her birthday.
  • Tensions continued to rise between the rebels and the government until they were on the verge of war.
  • I was on the verge of calling my ex-boyfriend but luckily, my roommate grabbed my phone.
  • We were on the verge of purchasing plane tickets for our holiday when my husband was laid off from his job.
  • I think my sister is on the verge of a nervous breakdown so I'm relieved she's agreed to see my psychiatrist tomorrow.
  • After waiting in line for 30 minutes, we were on the verge of riding the roller coaster when a thunderstorm started and they closed the ride for the day.


  • on the point of doing something
  • (be) about to do something
  • on the brink

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