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1‘the table wobbled and milk spilled over the edge of her bowl’
rock, move unsteadily, jiggle, sway, see-saw, teeter
2‘he got up and wobbled across to the door’
teeter, totter, stagger, walk unsteadily, lurch
3‘her voice wobbled and she felt close to tears’
tremble, shake, quiver, quaver, waver
4‘for a few days the prime minister wobbled’
waver, hesitate, vacillate, dither, shilly-shally, be undecided, be uncertain, be indecisive, be unable to make up one's mind, keep changing one's mind, yo-yo
informal blow hot and cold
1‘Mimi stood up with a slight wobble’
unsteady movement, totter, teeter, sway
rocking, swaying, shaking
2‘the operatic wobble in her voice’
tremor, quiver, quaver, shaking, trembling
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