But no sooner was the 40-year-old activist out of U.S. hands than he began to waver.
But that had no appreciable effect on military performance until the top leadership itself began to waver and retreat.
late 13c., weyveren, "to show indecision," probably related to Old English wæfre "restless, wavering," from Proto-Germanic *wæbraz (cf. Middle High German wabern "to waver," Old Norse vafra "to hover about"), a frequentative form from the root of wave (v.). Related: Wavered; wavering.