|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'|
to be at the point where something is about to happen:
Jess seemed on the verge of tears.
an event which left her on the verge of a nervous breakdown
Mountain gorillas are on the verge of extinction.
be on the verge of doing something
The show was on the verge of being canceled due to low ratings.
2 British English
the edge of a road, path etc:
The car skidded across the road and came to a stop on the grass verge.