I think he had consented to go and serve with Meade as chief of staff out of pure patriotism.
You have taken the staff out of my hand: you have extinguished the light.
By swinging the staff out over the water, beyond the floating article, you will be able to draw the latter in close to shore.
She held her staff out at an angle, as if she were Majesty enthroned to pass judgment of life and death.
It will be a heavy deficit—a staff out o' my bicker, I trow.
Lest I should find myself and staff out of Office some time about the end of the year.
After breakfast he took his staff out of the corner and set out for the hills, his dog beside him.
Old English stæf "walking stick, strong pole used for carrying, rod used as a weapon" (also, in plural, "letter, character, writing," cf. stæfcræft "grammar"), from Proto-Germanic *stabaz (cf. Old Saxon staf, Old Norse stafr, Old Frisian stef, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch staf, Old High German stab, German Stab, Gothic *stafs "element;" Middle Dutch stapel "pillar, foundation"), from PIE root *stebh- "post, stem, to support, place firmly on, fasten" (cf. Old Lithuanian stabas "idol," Lithuanian stebas "staff, pillar;" Old Church Slavonic stoboru "pillar;" Sanskrit stabhnati "supports;" Greek stephein "to tie around, encircle, wreathe," staphyle "grapevine, bunch of grapes;" Old English stapol "post, pillar").
Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander" is attested from 1702, apparently from German, from the notion of the "baton" that is a badge of office or authority (a sense attested in English from 1530s). Meaning "group of employees (as at an office or hospital)" is first found 1837. Staff of life "bread" is from the Biblical phrase "to break the staff of bread" (Lev. xxvi:26), translating Hebrew matteh lekhem.
"to provide with a staff of assistants," 1859, from staff (n.). Related: Staffed; staffing.
A specific group of workers.
To provide with a staff of workers or assistants.
To serve on the staff of.
A multiple-car wreck (1950s+ Teenagers)
[first two verb-phrase senses fr the stacking up of one's poker chips to show winnings or for comparison]