on the verge of

In the English Vocabulary Profile,

be on the verge of sth/doing sth = C2 to be going to happen or to do something very soon

Here are the top 20 collocations of ‘on the verge of’ in iWeb corpus:

*Notice how negative the context is.

1 BEING 2334

Actuallyyou‘re on the verge of being suspended.

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2 COLLAPSE 1537

The economy in Iran is on the verge of collapse!

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3 BECOMING 1145
4 TEARS 902
5 EXTINCTION 818
6 LOSING 762
7 DEATH 706
8 BANKRUPTCY 704
9 BREAKDOWN 694
10 BREAKING 595
11 NERVOUS 464
12 GIVING 366
13 SIGNING 345
14 FALLING 278
15 BREAKTHROUGH 273
16 SEEMED 270
17 STARVATION 238
18 WINNING 217
19 DYING 197
20 COMPLETING 193