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- n. Plural form of stagger.
- n. any of various diseases of animals that affects the nervous system, characterized by a lack of control of the limbs
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of stagger.
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- n. a disease of the central nervous system affecting especially horses and cattle; characterized by an unsteady swaying gait and frequent falling
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II. iii.170 (58,9) [Into the staggers] One species of the _staggers_, or the _horses apoplexy_, is a raging impatience which makes the animal dash himself with destructive violence against posts or walls.
We stayed in the mines until 3.30 in the afternoon and the "staggers" -- our pet name for the foremen -- saw to it that we had a busy time of it.
Version 'erreth,' is literally 'staggers' or 'reels,' and it is more graphic to keep that meaning.
The perception that must be involved to do this kind of staggers the mind.
Abdiel is Faith, and a blow from his sword staggers the skeptical Satan, or in Scriptural metaphor removes the mountain into the sea (vi.
'ard frost,' arder nor hiron; in the second place, I've got no arrangements made -- you can't turn out a pack of 'igh-bred fox-'ounds as you would a lot of "staggers" or "muggers"; and, in the third place, you'll knock all your nags to bits, and they are a deal better in their wind than they are on their legs, as it is.
"My grandfather was a very poor minister, and kept a cow, which was a very great help in the support of his children -- he had ten of them; -- and the cow took the" staggers "and died.
What staggers me is when I remind myself that it was only in 1991 that the law was changed to make rape within marriage an offence.
Rather than go down in flames, it's more likely that the Gingrich campaign staggers painfully, bleeding money and support until there's nothing left.
We also completely buy it as he staggers onstage and somehow pulls it together to perform his signature tunes and engage an enthusiastic, if tiny, audience.