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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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"
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1. wobble, rock, totter, balance, stagger, sway, tremble, waver, pivot, seesaw He watched the cup teeter on the edge before it fell.
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teeter[ˈtiːtəʳ] VI → bambolearse, tambalearse (fig) → vacilar, titubear
to teeter on the edge of a nervous breakdown → estar al borde de un ataque nervioso
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(= be unsteady) [person, object] → vaciller
to teeter on the brink of sth, to teeter on the edge of sth (ruin, civil war, disaster) → être au bord de qchteeter totter n (US) jeu de bascule
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teeter[ˈtiːtəʳ] vi → barcollare, vacillare
to teeter on the edge or brink of → vacillare sull'orlo di
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