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staggers

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Pronunciation: /ˈstaɡəz
 
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Definition of staggers in English:

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
1Any of several parasitic or acute deficiency diseases of farm animals characterized by staggering or loss of balance.
Example sentences
  • It is particularly toxic to horses and can cause the blind staggers.
  • She was so weak that she almost had the blind staggers and gentle enough now that I could lead her to water and picket her.
  • These plants are poisonous to livestock, causing a toxic syndrome known as blind staggers.
1.1The inability to stand or walk steadily, especially as a result of giddiness: he held the railing in case he got the staggers again
More example sentences
  • Started as low key reply to the classier Australian Business from the Packer empire, it has outlasted the competition, even if the circulation has got the staggers at the moment.
  • And no less surprising, the Broncos have the staggers and will struggle to get beyond the semi finals next weekend.
  • She wore perfume which would give the most hardened logician the staggers.

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