at\ the\ point\ of

at\ the\ point\ of
prep.
Very near to; almost at or in.

When Mary broke her favorite bracelet, she was at the point of tears.

The boy hurt in the accident lay at the point of death for a week, then he got well.

Compare: about to(1), on the point of

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