on the verge of

1. brink, point, edge, threshold  
2. border, edge, margin, limit, boundary, threshold, brimcome near to, approach, border on, resemble, incline to, be similar to, touch on...

가장자리, 경계

on the verge of : ~의 경계에 있으므로 뭔가 변화가 일어나기 직전.
                       막 ~ 하려고 하는 중인.

The country was on the verge of becoming prosperous and successful.
Carole was on the verge of tears.

cf. brink

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