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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEETERED

As she teetered out, it was plain that she was all but in a panic to get away.

He laid the spoon on the rim of the cup again and teetered it.

Friar Mathieu turned and teetered precariously at the top of the steps.

"Well—" He teetered a little on his feet and stroked his mustache.

The great stone in the roof, crumbled by ages, slipped and teetered.

There it teetered while the spectators as one, held their breath.

He teetered, almost lost his balance and fell back against the wall.

First, of course, he teetered back and forth on his chair three times.

It teetered crazily over the ten foot drop to the floor below.

He teetered so enthusiastically that he sat down unexpectedly and with much emphasis.

WORD ORIGIN

1843, "to seesaw," alteration of Middle English titter "move unsteadily," probably from Old Norse titra "to shake, shiver, totter," related to German zittern "to tremble." Noun teeter-totter "see-saw" is attested from 1905.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.