teeter on the brink of something

teeter on the brink of something
teeter on the ˈbrink/ˈedge of sth idiom
to be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation

The country is teetering on the brink of civil war.

Main entry:teeteridiom

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  • teeter on the edge of something — teeter on the ˈbrink/ˈedge of sth idiom to be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation • The country is teetering on the brink of civil war. Main entry: ↑teeteridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • teetering on the brink (of something) — teetering on the brink/edge/(of something) phrase in a situation in which something bad is very likely to happen The organization is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Thesaurus: in a dangerous situationsynonym Main entry: teeter …   Useful english dictionary

  • teetering on the edge (of something) — teetering on the brink/edge/(of something) phrase in a situation in which something bad is very likely to happen The organization is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Thesaurus: in a dangerous situationsynonym Main entry: teeter …   Useful english dictionary

  • teeter — [[t]ti͟ːtə(r)[/t]] teeters, teetering, teetered 1) VERB (emphasis) Teeter is used in expressions such as teeter on the brink and teeter on the edge to emphasize that something seems to be in a very unstable situation or position. [V on n] Three… …   English dictionary

  • teeter — UK [ˈtiːtə(r)] / US [ˈtɪtər] verb [intransitive] Word forms teeter : present tense I/you/we/they teeter he/she/it teeters present participle teetering past tense teetered past participle teetered to stand or move in a way that is not steady and… …   English dictionary

  • teeter — tee|ter [ titər ] verb intransitive to stand or move in a way that is not steady and makes you seem about to fall: Stephanie went downstairs, teetering on her high heels. teetering on the brink/edge (of something) in a situation in which… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • teeter — [ˈtiːtə] verb [I] to stand or move in a way that is not steady, so that you seem about to fall • teetering on the brink / edge (of sth) in a situation in which something bad is very likely to happen[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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