Definition of verge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//vɜːdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//vɜːrdʒ//
Features of roads
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  • (British English) a piece of grass at the edge of a path, road, etc. a grass verge compare soft shoulder See related entries: Features of roads
  • Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin virga ‘rod’. The current verb sense dates from the late 18th cent.Extra examples She was on the verge of a nervous breakdown when she finally sought help. The company is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. The vehicle crossed white lines and mounted a verge before being stopped by police. This action brought the country to the verge of economic collapse.Idioms
    on/to the verge of something/of doing something
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    very near to the moment when somebody does something or something happens He was on the verge of tears. They are on the verge of signing a new contract. These measures brought the republic to the verge of economic collapse.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: verge

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