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to be on the brink of ruin

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  • On the Brink — Spooks episode Episode no …   Wikipedia

  • Brink — (br[i^][ng]k), n. [Dan. brink edge, verge; akin to Sw. brink declivity, hill, Icel. brekka; cf. LG. brink a grassy hill, W. bryn hill, bryncyn hillock.] The edge, margin, or border of a steep place, as of a precipice; a bank or edge, as of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruin — 1 verb (T) 1 to spoil or destroy something completely: The rain ruined our holiday. | My new white dress was totally ruined! see destroy 2 to make someone lose all their money: Jefferson was ruined by the law suit. ruined adjective (only before… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ruin — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 spoiled state ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, utter VERB + RUIN ▪ fall into, go to ▪ The house gradually fell into ruin …   Collocations dictionary

  • ruin — [[t]ru͟ːɪn[/t]] ♦♦♦ ruins, ruining, ruined 1) VERB To ruin something means to severely harm, damage, or spoil it. [V n] My wife was ruining her health through worry... [V n] Entire villages have been washed away. Roads and bridges have been… …   English dictionary

  • ruin — ▪ I. ruin ru‧in 1 [ˈruːn] noun [uncountable] 1. when you have lost all your money, your social position, or the good opinion that people had of you: • The war plunged the country into economic ruin. • a company on the brink of financial ruin (=… …   Financial and business terms

  • brink — 01. He got so frustrated at work that he was on the [brink] of quitting his job. 02. The country seems almost on the [brink] of civil war as fighting intensifies between government troops and rebel forces. 03. Government researchers are believed… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • The House with the Green Shutters — Infobox Book name = The House with the Green Shutters image caption = author = George Douglas (Brown) illustrator = cover artist = country = Scotland language = English genre = Realism publisher = John MacQueen, London release date = 1901 media… …   Wikipedia

  • List of characters in The King of Fighters series — The King of Fighters series, produced by SNK Playmore, contains many characters, some of which are taken from other SNK games. The story takes place in a fictional universe in which an annual series of 3 on 3 or 4 on 4 fighting tournaments are… …   Wikipedia

  • List of The King of Fighters characters — The cast of characters of King of Fighters XI. The King of Fighters fighting game series, produced by SNK Playmore, includes a wide cast of characters, some of which are taken from other SNK games. The story takes place in a fictional universe in …   Wikipedia

  • George Washington: On the Lack of a National Spirit — ▪ Primary Source              At no time during the Revolution was there unity of public mind or purpose in America. Even many of those who generally accepted independence were reluctant to give wholehearted support with taxes or military service …   Universalium


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