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Definition of teeter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they teeter
he / she / it teeters
past simple teetered
-ing form teetering
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  • to stand or move in an unsteady way so that you look as if you are going to fall She teetered after him in her high-heeled shoes.
  • Idioms
    teeter on the brink/edge of something
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    to be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation The country is teetering on the brink of civil war.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: teeter