ˈverge on sth

ˈverge on sth
phrasal verb
to almost be in a particular state
The test was so difficult it was verging on the ridiculous.[/ex]

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  • verge on something — ˈverge on sth derived to be very close to an extreme state or condition Syn: ↑border on something • Some of his suggestions verged on the outrageous. • a dislike verging on contempt …   Useful english dictionary

  • verge — noun 1 very close to an extreme state PHRASES ▪ be on the verge of sth ▪ She was on the verge of a nervous breakdown when she finally sought help. ▪ He looked as if he was on the verge of tears. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • verge — verge1 [və:dʒ US və:rdʒ] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: long pole , from Latin virga; from within the verge within the area controlled by someone who carried a pole as a sign of authority ] 1.) be on the verge of sth to be at the point …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • verge — [vɜːdʒ] verb I verge on sth II noun [C] British verge [vɜːdʒ] a border along the side of a road, often covered with grass • on the verge of sth about to do something or experience something[/ex] The two countries were on the verge of war.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • verge — 1 noun (C) 1 especially BrE the edge or border of a road or path etc: the grass verge 2 be on the verge of to be about to do something: Jessica was on the verge of tears. | scientists on the verge of a major breakthrough 2 verb verge on/upon sth… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • on the verge of something doing something — on/to the verge of sth/of doing sth idiom very near to the moment when sb does sth or sth 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • to the verge of something doing something — on/to the verge of sth/of doing sth idiom very near to the moment when sb does sth or sth 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the verge of of doing something — on/to the verge of sth/of doing sth idiom very near to the moment when sb does sth or sth 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • to the verge of of doing something — on/to the verge of sth/of doing sth idiom very near to the moment when sb does sth or sth 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hysteria — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ mass, public ▪ mild (esp. BrE), near ▪ media, tabloid (BrE) ▪ Unnecessary anxiety has been caused by media hysteria …   Collocations dictionary

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