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ラッセル英単語・熟語


★ verge (n) [the edge or border, esp. of a road, path, etc./縁,端;間際,瀬戸際;寸前]

* on the verge of :〜に瀕して;今にも〜しようとして
In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide, from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics.
[思春期には私は人生を憎み,たえず自殺寸前の状態にいたが,もっと数学について知りたいという欲望から,なんとか自殺を思いとどまった。
 出典:ラッセル『幸福論』第1章「不幸の原因」]

She disliked wine, abhorred tobacco, and was always on the verge of becoming a vegetarian. Her life was austere. She ate only the plainest food, breakfasted at eight, and until she reached the age of eighty, never sat in a comfortable chair until after tea.
* abhor (v):忌み嫌う / austere (adj.):厳格な;質素な
[彼女(注:祖母)はワイン(酒)を嫌い,タバコを毛嫌いし,常に'菜食主義者'になるかならないかの瀬戸際にいた。祖母の生活は禁欲的なものであった。粗食で,8時に朝食をとり,80歳の年齢に達するまで,アフター・ティー(注:就寝前の午後10時頃のお茶の時間)まで,けっして安楽椅子に坐ることはなかった。
 出典:ラッセル『自伝』第1巻第1章「幼少時代」]

The economy is now on the verge of collapse.
[経済は今,破たん寸前である。
 出典:宮川幸久『英単語ターゲット1900』p.270]

She was on the verge of tears. (= nearly crying)
 出典:Longoman Dictionary of Contemporary English, new ed.]

They are on the verge of signing a new contract.
 出典:Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th ed.]

The verge of a road is a narrow piece of ground by the side of a road, which is usually covered with grass or flowers. [mainly Brit.]
[ 出典:Collins COBUILD English Dictionary for Advanced Learners, 3rd ed.]