American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Causing great astonishment, amazement, or dismay; overwhelming: a staggering achievement; a staggering defeat.
- adj. so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
“In the email, Bourne, 60, from Dawlish, Devon, apparently rebukes Withers, 29, for her behaviour during a visit to the family in April, which she describes as "staggering in its uncouthness and lack of grace".”
“The lawmakers say the coalition transferred what it calls a staggering sum of money to the Iraqis with no rules or guidelines for oversight.”
“I've been using the word 'staggering,' and the phrase, 'you can't make this up.”
“Conforming to his usual clear-headed and folksy outlook, he doesn't linger too long on the monetary attractiveness of gold but rather zeroes in on its current valuation - which he calls "staggering.”
“Republicans minimized the significance of the latest cost estimate, deriding the 10-year budget savings as paltry compared with what they called the staggering scale of the government's debt.”
“Michael Brill looked tired last week as he ducked into his cavernous winery in eastern San Francisco to answer what he described as a staggering number of e-mail messages.”
“And all without Bynum, and with Kobe staggering from the flu.”
“I have read your works, and they contain staggering and startling imagination.”
“He succeeded only in staggering Rivera, but, in the ensuing moment of defenseless helplessness, he smashed him with another blow through the ropes.”
“It looks to me as if our democracy is already staggering from the ignorant blasts of tea party rhetoric.”
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