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totter

verb [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-heeled shoes. to shake and move from side to side: Several tall piles of books tottered and fell. (of a company, government, etc.) to become weaker and less likely to carry on existing: The industry has tottered from crisis to crisis now for two years.
tottering
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
She walked slowly with tottering steps. It was the last decision of a tottering government.
tottery
adjective uk   /-i/ us  
a tottery old man
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