One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually treated as singular Any of several parasitic or acute deficiency diseases of farm animals characterized by staggering or loss of balance.
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is particularly toxic to horses and can cause the blind staggers.’
- ‘These plants are poisonous to livestock, causing a toxic syndrome known as blind staggers.’
- ‘As Heney points out, each of these diseases - with the sole exception of the staggers - causes swelling.’
- 1.1 The inability to stand or walk steadily, especially as a result of giddiness.
- ‘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.’
- ‘She wore perfume which would give the most hardened logician the staggers.’
- ‘None of the nasty sideways glances or boozy staggers of my week before, just relaxed and happy people doing their thing.’
- ‘Ordinary members can get the head staggers on such occasions and land their leaders with some monsters.’
- ‘And no less surprising, the Broncos have the staggers and will struggle to get beyond the semi finals next weekend.’
- ‘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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