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brink

 
 
pronunciation:
brIngk
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the edge or brim of a slope or cliff.
From the brink of the canyon, the river looked like a silver ribbon.
synonyms:
lip, rim, verge
similar words:
brim
definition 2: the point just before a major change happens.
That country is on the brink of war.
synonyms:
threshold, verge
similar words:
crisis, crossroads, extremity, point