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verb stagger pronunciation in British English /ˈstæɡə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestaggering
past tensestaggered
past participlestaggered
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  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. 2
    [transitive] to surprise and shock someone

    Rory was staggered by his answer.

  3. 5
    [transitive] to arrange objects so that they are not at the same height or are not in a straight line

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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