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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: titter 'to move unsteadily' (14-20 centuries)

teeter

verb
     
teeā€§ter [intransitive]
1 to stand or walk moving from side to side, as if you are going to fall:
She teetered along in her high-heeled shoes.
2

be teetering on the brink/edge of something

to be very close to being in an unpleasant or dangerous situation:
The country teetered on the brink of war.

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