- 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 Planet.com
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.