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brink

Syllabification: brink
Pronunciation: /briNGk
 
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Definition of brink in English:

noun

1An extreme edge of land before a steep or vertical slope: the brink of the cliffs
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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 a hapless dictator teetering on the brink

Origin

Middle English: of Scandinavian origin.

Words that rhyme with brink

bethink, blink, chink, 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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