verge on

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1. A fairly narrow line or space forming a boundary:
Chiefly Military: perimeter.
2. A transitional interval beyond which some new action or different state of affairs is likely to begin or occur:
1. To be contiguous or next to:
2. To put or form a border on:
phrasal verb
verge on
To come near, as in quality or amount:
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vi +prep obj (ideas, actions)grenzen an (+acc); the plot verges on the ridiculousdie Handlung grenzt ans Lächerliche; he’s verging on bankruptcyer steht kurz vor dem Bankrott; she is verging on fiftysie geht auf die fünfzig zu; she was verging on madnesssie stand am Rande des Wahnsinns
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