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.
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.
She saw that he stood on the verge of lunacy, if he had not already stepped across it.