We always seem to be on the precipice of falling back into recession.
To be sure: North Korea has looked to be on the precipice more than once in living memory.
On the right side of the fall line, but precariously close to the precipice.
Here we stand, on the precipice of another glorious summer—but what will it hold?
When Brecht penned these lines, his continent hovered on the precipice of a journey into hell.
No: it was never my meaning; I only intended to stop you before you approached the precipice.
At present I am on the precipice; without your hand I fall forever.
I feared I would grow dizzy and slip from the back of the horse down the side of the precipice.
Do you not look on the past with a shudder at the precipice on which you stood?
It was like being shown a precipice and realizing that at an appointed time one must walk straight over its verge.
"steep face of rock," 1630s, from Middle French précipice, from Latin praecipitium "a steep place," literally "a fall or leap," from praeceps (genitive praecipitis) "steep, headlong, headfirst," from prae "before, forth" (see pre-) + caput "head" (see head (n.)). Earlier in English as a verb (1590s) meaning "fall to great depth."