This woman could bring me to the brink of insanity.
It was a time of plots and counterplots, when England seemed on the brink of another civil war.
I feel like a person living on the brink of a volcano crater.
That Dr Cornay was on the brink of making a discovery of considerable merit will by and by appear; but, with every disposition to regard his investigations favourably, it cannot be said that he accomplished it.
Sufficient to say that in the opening quarter of the r4th century England and France at least stood on the brink of "modern times."