teeter(redirected from teeter on the brink)
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intr.v. tee·tered, tee·ter·ing, tee·ters
1. To move or sway unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
2. To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate.
3. To be close to or in danger of failure or ruin: The housing market teetered on the edge of collapse.
n. Northeastern US
[Middle English titeren, probably from Old Norse titra, to shake.]
to move or cause to move unsteadily; wobble
another word for seesaw
[C19: from Middle English titeren, related to Old Norse titra to tremble, Old High German zittarōn to shiver]
1. to move unsteadily.
2. to waver; fluctuate.
3. to ride a seesaw; teetertotter.n.
4. a seesaw; teetertotter.
[1835–45; variant of dial. titter, Middle English titeren < Old Norse titra tremble]
Past participle: teetered
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|Noun||1.||teeter - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end|
playground - yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
|Verb||1.||teeter - move unsteadily, with a rocking motion|
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"