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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 The inability to stand or walk steadily, especially as a result of giddiness.
- ‘Ordinary members can get the head staggers on such occasions and land their leaders with some monsters.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘None of the nasty sideways glances or boozy staggers of my week before, just relaxed and happy people doing their thing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She wore perfume which would give the most hardened logician the staggers.’
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