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1[usually treated as singular] Any of several parasitic or acute deficiency diseases of farm animals characterized by staggering or loss of balance.
- ‘It is particularly toxic to horses and can cause the blind staggers.’
- ‘As Heney points out, each of these diseases - with the sole exception of the staggers - causes swelling.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 The inability to stand or walk steadily, especially as a result of giddiness:‘he held the railing in case he got the staggers again’
- ‘Ordinary members can get the head staggers on such occasions and land their leaders with some monsters.’
- ‘None of the nasty sideways glances or boozy staggers of my week before, just relaxed and happy people doing their thing.’
- ‘She wore perfume which would give the most hardened logician the staggers.’
- ‘And no less surprising, the Broncos have the staggers and will struggle to get beyond the semi finals next weekend.’
- ‘Then factor in guard impacts, reverses, soul charges, quick rolls, wall attacks, and staggers and you can imagine how hectic a fight can get, if played skillfully.’
- ‘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.’
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