"straggles" in the noun sense
a wandering or disorderly grouping (of things or persons
"a straggle of outbuildings"
"a straggle of followers"
"straggles" in the verb sense
1. sidetrack, depart, digress, straggle
wander from a direct or straight course
2. sprawl, straggle
go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way
"Branches straggling out quite far"
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