brink

[ bringk ]
/ brɪŋk /

noun

the edge or margin of a steep place or of land bordering water.
any extreme edge; verge.
a crucial or critical point, especially of a situation or state beyond which success or catastrophe occurs: We were on the brink of war.

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Origin of brink

1250–1300; Middle English brink < Old Norse (Danish) brink, cognate with MLG brink edge, hillside, Old Norse brekka slope, hill

OTHER WORDS FROM brink

brink·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brink

brink
/ (brɪŋk) /

noun

the edge, border, or verge of a steep placethe brink of the precipice
the highest point; topthe sun fell below the brink of the hill
the land at the edge of a body of water
the verge of an event or statethe brink of disaster

Word Origin for brink

C13: from Middle Dutch brinc, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse brekka slope, Middle Low German brink edge of a field
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