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  • s  spreading out in different directions
    straggly hair
  • s  growing or spreading sparsely or irregularly
    straggly ivy

  • Mary Zuzak, hefty, straggly-haired wife of a man who had worked in the Pattontown mines (closed in 1938), planked down $350 in cash for a house she had lived in since the town .
  • What you must understand is this," said Amin, stroking his long, straggly beard.
  • Habib, 42, who dresses in Middle Eastern robes and turban, with his straggly beard authoritatively flecked with gray, left his native Indonesia in 1986 to spend five years fighting .
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  • Venturing outside resort walls serves up a culinary history lesson
    An older woman's white plastic patio chair is tightly wedged next to a large table piled high with fruits and vegetables. Straggly black cornrows frame her dark, chubby face; her floppy hat is adorned with yellow flowers printed on fuchsia canvas.        
    Sept. 16, 2013 - Chicago Tribune

  • Donovan Bailey in Independent
    I knew he would win before the gun: it was an absolute certainty,said Bailey. "This man has talent to burn. He is out on his own. He bewildered his coaches when he was a kid. They thought he was too tall, too straggly, to make an explosive...
  • Jo Brand in
    Brand added as an aside: "Eliminate straggly pubic hairs with the Lady Thatcher".
  • Pico Iyer in San Francisco Chronicle
    Iyer describes a group of Tibetans who stole across the mountains to see him, traveling three weeks in Himalayan snows, arriving with "filthy coats, blackened faces, sores on hands and feet, straggly unwashed hair."

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