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"straggle" in British English

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straggleverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /ˈstræɡ.l̩/
to ​move or ​spreaduntidily and in ​smallnumbers or ​amounts: I put my ​hair up because I don't like it straggling down my back. A ​year after the ​hurricane, ​tourists are ​beginning to straggle (= come in ​smallnumbers) back to the ​region.
(Definition of straggle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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straggleverb [I]

 us   /ˈstræɡ·əl/
to move ​alone or in ​smallgroupsslowly and usually separated in ​distance or ​time from those who went ​earlier: The ​players straggled in for the ​morningpracticesession.
straggler
noun [C]  us   /ˈstræɡ·lər/
I ​want all you ​children to ​stay together and ​holdhands when ​crossing a ​street – no stragglers!
(Definition of straggle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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