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Related to unsteadiness: lightheadedness
adj. un·stead·i·er, un·stead·i·est
1. Not firm, solid, or securely in place; unstable.
2. Fluctuating; changeable: an unsteady market.
3. Not even or regular; wavering: an unsteady voice.
tr.v. un·stead·ied, un·stead·y·ing, un·stead·ies
To cause to become unsteady.
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- Flounder around like a fish on the beach —Anon
A commonly used variation: “Flounder around like a beached whale.”
- Floundered like a waterlogged ship —James Hilton
- Floundered like insects in yogurt —George F. Will, about those involved in Watergate crimes
- Floundering like someone running in deep sand, blind without glasses, burdened with books —George Garrett
- Flounder like a compass that’s lost its needle —Anon
A variation: “Flounder like a windup watch without a dial.”
- (Was solidly built but) gave the impression of not being very stable, like a building with imperfect foundations —MacDonald Harris
- Reel like a leaf that’s drawn to a water-wheel —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- Stagger like a drunken man —The Holy Bible/The Psalms
- Staggers slightly … like a carnival clown —Hilary Masters
- Staggers to his feet like a battered middleweight coming out for the fifteenth round —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Stumbled … like an old woman leaning on a cane that wasn’t there —Ross Macdonald
- Stumbled like fat sheep —Stephen Crane
- Stumbling a little over his own feet like an adolescent not accustomed to his new growth —Margaret Millar
- Tumbling … like a moth blinded by sudden brightness —Jerzy Kosinski
- Unconstant as the wind; as wavering as the weathercock —William Walker
- Unstable as water —The Holy Bible/Genesis
- (She seemed volatile right now,) unstable, like a vial of nitroglycerin —Sue Grafton
- Unsteady like a pole balanced on the tip of one’s finger —Arthur Schopenhauer
- Wavering as the wind —John Heywood’s Proverbs
Modernized from the Old English: “Waueryng as the wynde.”
- Wobbled like an overfed penguin —Len Deighton
- (His new English) wobbles like a first bicycle —Diane Ackerman
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|Noun||1.||unsteadiness - the quality of not being steady or securely fixed in place|
|2.||unsteadiness - the quality of being unsteady--varying and unpredictable|
steadiness - the quality of being steady--regular and unvarying
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1. The quality or condition of being physically unsteady:
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unsteadiness[ˈʌnˈstedɪnɪs] N [of chair, ladder, structure] → inestabilidad f, inseguridad f; [of sb's steps, walk] → lo vacilante, inseguridad f; [of voice, hand] → temblor m
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