tūkatikati

tūkatikati, v.i. Teeter, wobble (e.g. of a top spinning), miss, not run smoothly (as car engine).

Nō tei mingi te naero i raro i tāna tōpī i tūkatikati ei te taka.
Because the nail in the bottom of his top was bent, it wobbled as it spun;

Nō tōna kona, nō reira i tūkatikati ei tāna ‘aere.
He was drunk, that’s why he walked so unsteadily;

Nō te tūkatikati i te taka o tāna matī ni, i tāmate‘ia ai.
Because his engine wasn’t running smoothly (e.g. missing on some cylinders, knocking), he switched it off.

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