verge

verge1 [və:dʒ US və:rdʒ] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; 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']
1.) be on the verge of sth
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 sth
The show was on the verge of being canceled due to low ratings.
2.) BrE the edge of a road, path etc
the grass verge
verge 2
verge2 v
verge on/upon [verge on/upon sth] phr v
to be very close to a harmful or extreme state
Many of Lewis's activities verged on the illegal.
Some of his ideas are verging on the dangerous.
His love of James Dean movies verged on fanaticism.

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  • verge — [ vɛrʒ ] n. f. • v. 1100; lat. virga → vergue I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Baguette (de bois ou de métal). Baguette servant à frapper, à corriger. Loc. Donner des verges pour se faire battre, fouetter : fournir des armes contre soi même. Insigne d une autorité.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • vergé — verge [ vɛrʒ ] n. f. • v. 1100; lat. virga → vergue I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Baguette (de bois ou de métal). Baguette servant à frapper, à corriger. Loc. Donner des verges pour se faire battre, fouetter : fournir des armes contre soi même. Insigne d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Verge — Verge, n. [F. verge, L. virga; perhaps akin to E. wisp.] 1. A rod or staff, carried as an emblem of authority; as, the verge, carried before a dean. [1913 Webster] 2. The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verge — Verge, Virga quaelibet, soit de bois, de fer, d or, ou autre metal. Et en fait de navires, verge ou vergue, est la perche qui est en travers du mast, à laquelle la voile dudit mast est attachée. Verges, ou vergues hautes; on dit d un navire qu il …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • vergé — (del fr. «vergé») adj. V. «papel vergé». * * * vergé. (Del fr. vergé, de verge). □ V. papel vergé …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Verge — may refer to:*Verge (gaming), which stands for Vecna s Extraordinary Roleplaying Game Engine * Road verge or simply Verge the edge of a road which is sometimes called in the USA a tree lawn, or Roadside . *Verge escapement, a clock escapement… …   Wikipedia

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  • vergé — (Del fr. vergé, de verge). ☛ V. papel vergé …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • verge — verge1 [vʉrj] n. [ME < OFr, rod, wand, stick, yard, hoop < L virga, twig, rod, wand < IE * wizga < base * wei , to bend, twist > WIRE, WHISK] 1. a) the edge, brink, or margin (of something): also used figuratively [the verge of the …   English World dictionary

  • verge — ► NOUN 1) an edge or border. 2) Brit. a grass edging by the side of a road or path. 3) an extreme limit beyond which something specified will happen: on the verge of tears. ► VERB (verge on) ▪ be very close or similar to. ORIGIN Old French, from… …   English terms dictionary

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