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stagger around

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.
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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.
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stagger out

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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the staggers

Any state in which one loses equilibrium and becomes unsteady on one's feet. 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. It wasn't until about 12 o'clock or so that the hangover really hit me, and I got a case of the staggers something fierce.
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stagger around

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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staggers

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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the staggers

verb
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