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stagger

verb  /ˈstæɡ·ər/ us  

stagger verb (MOVE)

[I/T] to walk or move awkwardly, as if you have lost your balance, or to cause someone to move awkwardly or to lose his or her balance: [T] When he hit his head on a shelf, it momentarily staggered him. [I] She staggered out of bed to answer the phone.

stagger verb (ARRANGE)

[T] to arrange events or schedules so that they happen at different times, or to arrange objects so they are not regular: The clinics will try to stagger vaccination times to minimize waits and confusion.
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