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A grave Spaniard, somewhat past the verge of middle age, appeared.

They had bubbled up within him—were hovering on the verge of his burning lips.

I have twice been on the verge of slaying you, and the third time might be too much for my patience.

White Fang, on the verge of retreat, would have retreated, leaving the meat to him.

To him came these men broken down, some on the verge of insanity.

For one brief instant Helen was again on the verge of tears, but she remembered.

Many had dropped out, and more were on the verge of giving up.

Vere had been on the verge of telling her mother about the previous night and Peppina.

There was thus always a fringe of peasant families on the verge of destitution.

He would draw his friend away from the verge of the abyss at any cost.

WORD ORIGIN

"edge, rim," mid-15c., from Middle French verge "rod or wand of office," hence "scope, territory dominated," from Latin virga "shoot, rod stick," of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in English is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Modern sense is from the notion of within the verge (c.1500, also as Anglo-French dedeinz la verge), i.e. "subject to the Lord High Steward's authority" (as symbolized by the rod of office), originally a 12-mile radius round the king's court. Sense shifted to "the outermost edge of an expanse or area." Meaning "point at which something happens" (as in on the verge of) is first attested c.1600. "A very curious sense development." [Weekley]

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