Egypt is tottering between rule by Islamists and the military.
So are conservative intellectuals, in fact, on the brink of a surge, rather than tottering at the edge of extinction?
He is vividly, fearfully aware of how much worse things might get than the rotten, tottering system he upholds.
Bags had grown to this enormous monstrosity, wildly unfunctional, akin to tottering around on seven-inch heels.
And in all the rest of the world, half a dozen old men, if so many, tottering toward their graves.
Locomotion becomes feeble and tottering, the voice harsh, the intellect obtuse and powerless, and all the senses blunted.
Our Union is tottering to its foundation, and slavery is the cause.
The golden bars, run out roughly at the mine, represented to Hardin the anchor of his tottering credit.
I went downstairs trembling, tottering, and my teeth chattering.
When the dawn was creeping ghostlike into the room and the night-light was tottering in its saucer, Essie stirred and woke.
c.1200, "swing to and fro," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian totra "to quiver, shake"). Meaning "stand or walk with shaky, unsteady steps" is from c.1600. Related: Tottered; tottering.