As the president neared the end of his remarks, a young woman beside him began to wobble, on the verge of fainting.
Brother Slavs, we are on the verge, “[O Father] who art…” is heard in our midst.
By 1990, they had five movies to their credit—including the hits Women on the verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) and Tie Me Up!
A week before the election Terry McAuliffe is on the verge of becoming the governor of Virginia.
Washington State is on the verge of passing new gun control legislation.
The Commandant seemed on the verge of an explosion, but checked himself.
A grave Spaniard, somewhat past the verge of middle age, appeared.
Monseigneur was ruffled, distinctly so, and Madame was on the verge of tears.
They had bubbled up within him—were hovering on the verge of his burning lips.
A lonely, disenchanted woman, without any ties or hold on life, she found herself now on the verge of forty.
"edge, rim," mid-15c., from Middle French verge "rod or wand of office," hence "scope, territory dominated," from Latin virga "shoot, rod stick," of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in English is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Modern sense is from the notion of within the verge (c.1500, also as Anglo-French dedeinz la verge), i.e. "subject to the Lord High Steward's authority" (as symbolized by the rod of office), originally a 12-mile radius round the king's court. Sense shifted to "the outermost edge of an expanse or area." Meaning "point at which something happens" (as in on the verge of) is first attested c.1600. "A very curious sense development." [Weekley]
The extreme edge or margin; a border.