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to tuh ring

  • v  move without being stable, as if threatening to fall
  • v  walk unsteadily
  • v  move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
  • s  unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age
    a tottering skeleton of a horse
  • s  (of structures or institutions) having lost stability; failing or on the point of collapse
    a tottering empire

  • It was April 30, 1945, and Berlin, the capital of Adolf Hitler's tottering Third Reich, was a shattered, flaming inferno.
  • After years of tottering on the brink of economic crisis, Argentina started sliding into chaos last week.
  • When he assumed the presidency in 1982, Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado inherited a country tottering on the edge of economic collapse.

  • William Galvin in Newsweek
    They kept their clients, and their own advisers to those clients, in the dark, even as they, themselves, got out of that tottering market,Galvin said.
  • Daniel Pipes in Prison
    Here is an idea for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the United States and its allies,Pipes writes. "He needs a dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a light-weight,...
  • Paul McGinley in Reuters Canada
    I was tottering along and then went 2-2 and all of a sudden it's a brilliant day,said McGinley, who holed out with a nine-iron from 155 yards for his eagle.

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