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verb stagger pronunciation in British English /ˈstæɡə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theystagger
he/she/itstaggers
present participlestaggering
past tensestaggered
past participlestaggered
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to walk in an uncontrolled way, as if you are going to fall over

    She staggered and fell.

    stagger backwards/towards/into/out of:

    He gave her a slight push, and she staggered backwards.

    Ruth staggered out of her bedroom to pick up the phone.

    stagger to your feet:

    The man staggered to his feet and ran away.

  2. 3
    [intransitive] to continue doing something despite great difficulty

    He staggers on as president, despite his increasing frailty.

    The museum is staggering under debts of nearly £5 million.

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