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Definition of straggle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they straggle
    he / she / it straggles
    past simple straggled
    -ing form straggling
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to grow, spread, or move in a messy way in different directions Her hair was straggling over her eyes. The town straggled to an end and the fields began.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move slowly behind a group of people that you are with so that you become separated from them On the way the kids straggled behind us.
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