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straggle

verb
     
strag‧gle [intransitive]
1 if the people in a group straggle somewhere, they go there fairly slowly and with large spaces between them
straggle in/into/through etc
The children were beginning to straggle in from the playground.
straggle behind
Ali straggled behind, carrying the shopping.
2 to move, grow, or spread out untidily in different directions:
thin, black, straggling hair
straggle along/across/down etc
Unpainted wooden buildings straggle along the main road out of town.

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