American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Upper Northern & Western U.S. See seesaw.
- n. A seesaw; a piece of playground equipment consisting of a long board with seats at either end, with a pivot point in the center.
- n. a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
- v. ride on a plank
“The girl saw the flash and yelped, and the woman turned to face Pa head-on, the kindling like a teeter-totter on her head.”
“The 3-year-old, four-pound Yorkshire, who wore a ribbon in her hair for the event, cleared several hurdles and tunnels, zigzagged through poles and traversed a teeter-totter at an average two yards per second in a race against the clock.”
“Much like the two people on this teeter-totter, it can go either way.”
“We have been on this teeter-totter of hope and despair for both sides, but since there is not actually a single piece of legislation on the table -- my latest count was four different versions -- what we're seeing is that both sides are taking their positions and digging in.”
“We played “doctor” (yes, alarming, I know!), and he came over and we watched the Little Mermaid on my teeter-totter in the basement, and played Dollhouse.”
“But unlike our friends on both ends of the ever sloshing teeter-totter, I sit squarely in the center filled with a sense of hope when I hear this term.”
“Nine years old, she loved Belle from Beauty and the Beast and playing on her teeter-totter.”
“It's like a teeter-totter, so you want to establish your center of gravity.”
“Maybe the teeter-totter can return to its usual give-and-take functioning after Julie Taymor gets off, but, if not, it's going to change producers' quid pro quo arrangement with the press.”
“But, like at the other end of a teeter-totter pivoting at the pad face, it is pushing the cantilever pivot away from the wheel.”
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