1 falter, hesitate, lurch, reel, sway, teeter, totter, vacillate, waver, wobble
2 amaze, astonish, astound, bowl over (informal) confound, dumbfound, flabbergast, give (someone) a shock, nonplus, overwhelm, shake, shock, strike (someone) dumb, stun, stupefy, surprise, take (someone) aback, take (someone's) breath away, throw off balance
3 alternate, overlap, step, zigzag
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stagger ( staggers 3rd person present) ( staggering present participle) ( staggered past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you stagger, you walk very unsteadily, for example because you are ill or drunk.
He lost his balance, staggered back against the rail and toppled over... V adv/prep
He was staggering and had to lean on the bar. V
2 verb If you say that someone or something staggerson, you mean that it is only just succeeds in continuing.
Truman allowed him to stagger on for nearly another two years. V adv/prep
3 verb If something staggers you, it surprises you very much.
The whole thing staggers me. V n
staggered adj v-link ADJ
I was simply staggered by the heat of the Argentinian high-summer.
4 verb To stagger things such as people's holidays or hours of work means to arrange them so that they do not all happen at the same time.
During the past few years the government has staggered the summer vacation periods for students. V n
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