A shift in regulations on an important commodity that is trivial from the American point of view can stagger other countries.
Unless we stagger the hours of medical service provision, all those people will end up in the emergency room.
If News Corp. really distrusted a former staffer, it might stagger her severance payments, says Estreicher.
1520s, altered from stakeren (c.1300), from Old Norse stakra or Old Danish stagra, both "to push, stagger." Cognate with Dutch staggelen "to stagger," German staggeln "to stammer." Transitive sense of "bewilder, amaze" first recorded 1550s; that of "arrange in a zig-zag pattern" is from 1856. Related: Staggered; staggering.