Football Language: To be on the brink
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This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to be on the brink’ which means something has almost happened, something is on the verge of happening. Last week Manchester United beat rivals Chelsea 2-1 to move 6 points clear with only two games remaining which means the Red Devils only need a point to secure their nineteenth title, they are on the brink of winning the league. On the brink can also be used in a negative sense. London club West Ham, for example, are on the brink of being relegated as they lie at the foot of the table To be on the brink.