verge

Part of speech: verb

To approach; border; followed by on or upon.

Part of speech: noun

The extreme edge; margin.

Part of speech: noun

A rod or staff.

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Usage examples "verge":

  1. She was on the verge of insanity. - "Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III.", John Symonds.
  2. A certain degree of friendship had existed between the two men, which had often trembled on the verge of intimacy. - "Red Pottage", Mary Cholmondeley.
  3. If he should smile at her, she knew she should smile, for she was on the verge of laughing anyway. - "Patty's Suitors", Carolyn Wells.