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straggle

verb [I usually + adv/prep]     /ˈstræɡ.l̩/
to move or spread untidily and in small numbers or amounts: I tie 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.Moving unsteadily or with difficultySpreading and scatteringSlow and moving slowly
(Definition of straggle verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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