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au bord de preposition
on the verge of (locution prépositive, faillite)
Apparemment son entreprise est au bord de la faillite.
I hear his business is on the verge of ruin.
on the brink of (locution prépositive, drame)
En 1939, comme en 1914, le monde était au bord de la guerre.
In 1939, as in 1914, the world was on the brink of war.
at the edge of (locution prépositive, chemin)
Il s'est assis au bord du ruisseau.
He sat at the edge of the stream.

Phrases (7)

  1. au bord de la mer - at the seaside
  2. au bord de la rivière - by the river
  3. au bord de la route - at the side of the road
  4. au bord de la tombe - dying
  5. au bord de l'abîme - on the verge of ruin
  6. au bord de l'eau - by the waterside
  7. au bord de la faillite - on the verge of bankruptcy

Contexts

Apparemment son entreprise est au bord de la faillite. I hear his business is on the verge of ruin.
En 1939, comme en 1914, le monde était au bord de la guerre. In 1939, as in 1914, the world was on the brink of war.
Elle est au bord de la crise de nerfs. She is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Elle était au bord des larmes. She was on the verge of crying.
Nous étions au bord du précipice. We stood on the brink of a cliff.

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