From 1872 onwards he was a strict teetotaller, not touching alcohol even as a medicine, and there was some murmuring among his clergy that his teaching on this subject verged on heresy.
The goal towards which these tendencies verged was monotheism; and though this goal was only once, and then quite ephemerally, reached, still the monotheistic idea was at most periods, so to speak, in the air.
Kindly and reasonable, his good nature seems sometimes to have verged on indolence, but he at any rate took personal part, and that bravely and successfully, in war.
Your last email was extremely terse, and I thought it verged on being rude.
In 1978, General Hospital verged on cancellation as the lowest rated soap opera on daytime until Genie Francis was hired as a teenaged Laura Vining.