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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.

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.

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. [T] If the start of a race is staggered, the competitors start at different times or in different positions.

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.
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