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"totter" in British English

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totterverb [I]

uk   /ˈtɒt.ər/  us   /ˈtɑː.t̬ɚ/
to ​walk with ​difficulty in a way that ​looks as if you are about to ​fall: She tottered ​unsteadily down the ​stairs in her ​high-heeledshoes. to ​shake and ​move from ​side to ​side: Several ​tallpiles of ​books tottered and ​fell. (of a ​company, ​government, etc.) to ​becomeweaker and less ​likely to ​carry on ​existing: The ​industry has tottered from ​crisis to ​crisis now for two ​years.
tottering
adjective uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
She ​walkedslowly with tottering ​steps. It was the last ​decision of a tottering ​government.
tottery
adjective uk   us   /-i/
a tottery ​old man
(Definition of totter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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totterverb [I]

 us   /ˈtɑt̬·ər/
to move or ​walk in a way that ​looks as if you are about to ​fall: She tottered down the ​stairs.
(Definition of totter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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