stagger

If you see someone stagger out of a bar, or walk unsteadily, like he's about to fall, chances are he's had a few too many drinks.

The word stagger isn't just used to describe the physical action of stumbling. When you're really shocked about a piece of news, it can stagger or shock you. When you want to spread something out overtime, like paying a large bill, you can stagger the payments over time. But, remember that if you fall behind, the debt you fall into might stagger you.

Definitions of stagger
1

v walk with great difficulty

“He staggered along in the heavy snow”
Synonyms:
flounder
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v walk as if unable to control one's movements

“The drunken man staggered into the room”
Synonyms:
careen, keel, lurch, reel, swag
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v astound or overwhelm, as with shock

“She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake”
Type of:
overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

v arrange in a systematic order

stagger the chairs in the lecture hall”
Synonyms:
distribute
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

n an unsteady uneven gait

Synonyms:
lurch, stumble
Type of:
gait
a person's manner of walking

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