on the point of



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on the point of

  1. (idiomatic) Very near to; ready to; just about to; such that something is imminent.
    Synonym: at the point of
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
    The old building seemed to be on the point of collapse.


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