One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a few of the men were straggling some half a mile behind the rest’
trail, lag, dawdle, amble, wander, walk slowly, meander, drift
fall behind, bring up the rear
be strung out
2‘his thin grey hair straggled over the collar of his coat’
grow untidily, be messy, be dishevelled, be unkempt
3‘copses of beech and alder straggled along the banks’
spread irregularly, sprawl, be scattered, be dispersed
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