on the verge of

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See: almost
References in classic literature ?
'Hangin' on the verge of starvation,' I says--'for the honor of the family--hic--sen' me some bread.
His big brother Charlie was in love with the guileless maiden who played the part of "Little Bright-Eyes" in "The Kaliph of Kamskatka." He had been on the verge of marrying her once, only "the guv'ner" had sworn to disinherit him, and had presented him with a sum that would stagger the imagination, and that had staggered the virtue of "Little Bright-Eyes." Now Charlie had got leave from college, and had gone away in his automobile on the next best thing to a honeymoon.
She saw that he stood on the verge of lunacy, if he had not already stepped across it.