Definition of brink in English:

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Pronunciation: /brɪŋk/


1The extreme edge of land before a steep slope or a body or water: the brink of the cliffs at the brink of the pond I hesitated
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  • She stood on the brink of a waterfall, the icy cold river rushed about her waist.
  • I am now finding myself on a deserted beach on the brink of a saline washout.
  • The young brave soon found he was on the brink of a cliff hanging high over a wide river.
edge, verge, margin, rim, lip;
extremity, border, boundary, fringe;
perimeter, circumference, periphery;
limit, limits, bound, bounds
literary marge, bourn, skirt
1.1A point at which something, typically something unwelcome, is about to happen; the verge: the country was on the brink of a constitutional crisis the club has come close to the brink, surviving winding-up orders
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  • Yes, this is on the brink of a crisis.
  • Indeed, to judge by the level of public awareness, you'd scarcely know we were on the brink of an energy crisis.
  • I fear that the world is on the brink of a chronic shortage.
verge, edge, threshold, point, dawn;
starting point, start


Middle English: of Scandinavian origin.

Words that rhyme with brink

bethink, blink, cinque, clink, dink, drink, fink, Frink, gink, ink, interlink, jink, kink, link, mink, pink, plink, prink, rink, shrink, sink, skink, slink, stink, sync, think, wink, zinc

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