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lurch
WordNet 2.0
  • an unsteady uneven gait
  • the act of moving forward suddenly
  • abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
  • "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
  • a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
  • defeat by a lurch
  • move abruptly
  • "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
  • walk as if unable to control one''s movements
  • "The drunken man staggered into the room"
  • move slowly and unsteadily
  • "The truck lurched down the road"
  • loiter about, with no apparent aim
lurch
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up. [Obs.]

    "Too far off from great cities, which may hinder business; too near them, which lurcheth all provisions, and maketh everything dear." -- Bacon.

  • 1. An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.

    2. A double score in cribbage for the winner when his adversary has been left in the lurch.

    "Lady --- has cried her eyes out on losing a lurch." -- Walpole.

    To leave one in the lurch
    (a) In the game of cribbage, to leave one's adversary so far behind that the game is won before he has scored thirty-one. (b) To leave one behind; hence, to abandon, or fail to stand by, a person in a difficulty. Denham.

    "But though thou'rt of a different church, I will not leave thee in the lurch." -- Hudibras.

  • 1. To leave in the lurch; to cheat. [Obs.]

    "Never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant." -- South.

    2. To steal; to rob. [Obs.]

    "And in the brunt of seventeen battles since He lurched all swords of the garland." -- Shak.

  • 1. A sudden roll of a ship to one side, as in heavy weather; hence, a swaying or staggering movement to one side, as that by a drunken man. Fig.: A sudden and capricious inclination of the mind.

  • 1. To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man.

  • 1. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk. L'Estrange.

    2. To dodge; to shift; to play tricks.

    "I . . . am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch." -- Shak.

 

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