Meaning of “straggle” in the English Dictionary

"straggle" in English

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straggleverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈstræɡ.əl/ us /ˈstræɡ.əl/

to move or spread untidily and in small numbers 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 small numbers) back to the region.

(Definition of “straggle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"straggle" in American English

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straggleverb [ I ]

us /ˈstræɡ·əl/

to move alone or in small groups slowly and usually separated in distance or time from those who went earlier:

The players straggled in for the morning practice session.
noun [ C ] us /ˈstræɡ·lər/

I want all you children to stay together and hold hands when crossing a street – no stragglers!

(Definition of “straggle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)