In the long run, the regime might indeed begin to totter: This is the entire point.
His cheeks bright red, his chin wet with spittle, the helot would weave and stagger and totter until he passed out in the dirt.
The moment this fact is realised and non-co-operation is effected, this Government must totter to pieces.
The pillars of state of English orthography at least seemed destined to totter.
Then I put the third down the trap-door, which stood open, just as the door began to totter inwards.
"He air gone," she said chokingly, coming forward with a totter.
Suddenly I see Fritz, pale as death, wet through, totter up the path from the lake.
Now he could totter off with a light heart and get a bite of lunch.
No need for him to do anything except give them their initial velocity and let them tumble into one another and totter or fall.
But it is important that it should not only totter in the external but also in the internal man.
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.