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To walk or shuffle around (some place) in an swerving, unsteady manner. I suddenly became very disoriented and began staggering around the room like an old drunk. I don't really find it enjoyable to drink to the point where all I can do is mumble and stagger around. The actor staggered around the stage in a particularly hammy death scene.
stagger from (some place)
To walk or shuffle out of some place in an swerving, unsteady manner. The man staggered from the room clutching his chest, and I knew immediately he was having a heart attack. We all staggered from the pub in a drunken haze.
stagger in(to some place)
To enter (some place) while walking in a swerving, unsteady manner. When Kevin came staggering in, I knew he must have been up all night drinking. The woman staggered into the police station, pale and shaking with fear.
To walk or shuffle out (of some place) in an swerving, unsteady manner. The man staggered out of the room clutching his chest, and I knew immediately he was having a heart attack. We spent about four hours in the pub before staggering out in a drunken haze.
stagger out of (some place)
To walk or shuffle out of some place in an swerving, unsteady manner. The man staggered out of the room clutching his chest, and I knew immediately he was having a heart attack. After about four hours we staggered out of the pub in a drunken haze.
stagger under (something)
To move or walk in a swerving, unsteady manner due to a weight or pressure from above. I've got so many books to bring up now that I stagger under the weight of my backpack when I walk home from school. The poor donkey staggered under all the bags of equipment the miners piled on top of it.
1. informal A term for any disease in animals, especially horses or cattle, typified by a lack of coordination and stability while standing or walking. It looked like the poor horse might've been coming down with the staggers. It's probably a magnesium deficiency that's causing the staggers in your livestock.
2. slang Any state or instance of staggering or unsteadiness on one's feet. I got a blow to the head during the accident, and it gave me the staggers for the rest of the day. He always gets the staggers when he's had one too many drinks. At the top of the mountain I could see that Janet was getting the staggers from the altitude, so I told her to sit down and have a rest.
3. slang Any of the various neurological problems caused by decompression sickness (a condition known colloquially as "the bends"). When the diver first showed signs of the staggers, we thought it was just an inner ear infection, but it turns out he had the bends and died a few days later.
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to go about tottering or wobbling, especially as if drunk. The wounded man staggered around and then fell. A lot of people came out of the party and staggered around.
stagger from something
to move out of a place, tottering. The drunk staggered from the tavern and fell into the gutter. The wounded man staggered from the door and called for help.
stagger in(to some place)
to walk into some place, tottering. The old man staggered into the room and collapsed. He staggered in and fell down.
stagger out (of some place)
to walk out of some place, tottering. The drunk staggered out of the tavern and fell down. She staggered out and sat on the curb.
stagger under something
to struggle or totter under a serious burden, either a heavy object or a serious problem or responsibility. The welfare budget is staggering under the burden of having to care for many people. Sam staggered under the heavy load and finally fell.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. n. liquor. She poured herself a huge glass of staggers and mumbled something about cough medicine.
2. and the staggers n. drunkenness; the delirium tremens. (Always with the in this sense.) He seems to have a little touch of the staggers.
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