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Straggle


STRAGGLE, verb intransitive stragl. [This word seems to be formed on the root of stray. G., to pass, to migrate.]

1. To wander from the direct course or way; to rove. When troops are on the march, let not the men straggle

2. To wander at large without an certain direction or object; to ramble.

The wolf spied a straggling kid.

3. To exuberate; to shoot too far in growth. Prune the straggling branches of the hedge.

4. To be dispersed; to be apart from any main body.

They came between Scylla and Charybdis and the straggling rocks.