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- (idiomatic) Very near to; just about to; such that something is imminent.
- Synonym: at the point of
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
- 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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