at the rise—at the start of smth.; at an early stage in smth.:
- The book portrays American cities at the rise of industrialism.
Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase at rise—(Theater) when the rising curtain discloses a scene:
- At rise we see an interview room with a desk and simple furnishings.
on the rise—
1. on the increase:
- The stealing of intellectual property is on the rise.
2. (of prices) going up:
- Now, with an improving economy, gas prices are on the rise.