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stagger

verb uk   /ˈstæɡ.ər/ us    //

stagger verb (MOVE)

C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to walk or move with difficulty as if you are going to fall: After he was attacked, he managed to stagger to the phone and call for help.figurative The company is staggering under a $15 million debt and will almost certainly collapse by the end of the year.Moving unsteadily or with difficulty

stagger verb (SHOCK)

[T] to cause someone to feel shocked or surprised because of something unexpected or very unusual happening: He staggered all his colleagues by suddenly announcing that he was leaving the company at the end of the month.Making people sad, shocked and upsetSurprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset

stagger verb (ARRANGE)

[T] to arrange things, especially hours of work, holidays, or events, so that they begin at different times from those of other people: Some countries have staggered school holidays so that holiday resorts do not become overcrowded.Schedules and agendasLists and catalogues [T] If the start of a race is staggered, the competitors start at different times or in different positions.AthleticsCompeting in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)

stagger

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈstæɡ.ər/ us    //
a way of walking or moving in which you almost fall: He left the bar with a drunken stagger.Moving unsteadily or with difficulty
(Definition of stagger from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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