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English definition of “stagger”


verb [T]     /ˈstæɡər/
to arrange for things like holidays , working hours , or payments to happen at different times so that they are easier to manage : Utilities companies will allow customers to stagger payments when they have bills they cannot pay . Over half of American firms stagger the election of board members , so that the whole board is not replaced at once .
(Definition of stagger verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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