American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stagger. See Synonyms at blunder.
- v. To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically: The ship lurched in the storm. The car gave a start and then lurched forward.
- n. A staggering or tottering movement or gait.
- n. An abrupt rolling or pitching.
- n. The losing position of a cribbage player who scores 30 points or less to the winner's 61.
- idiom. in the lurch In a difficult or embarrassing position.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie in concealment; lurk; move stealthily.
- To sulk; pout.
- To shift; dodge; play tricks.
- To roll or sway suddenly to one side, or from side to side, as a ship in a heavy sea or a carriage on a rough road.
- To walk with an uneven or shifting gait; stagger: as, he went lurching down the street.
- n. A sudden lateral movement or swaying to one side, as of a ship, a carriage, or a staggering person.
- n. Hence Any sudden or unexpected shift or change of position.
- n. An inclination; disposition; leaning.
- To swallow or devour; eat up; consume.
- n. An old game, the nature of which is unknown.
- n. In cribbage, the position of a player when his opponent has won every point (61 holes) before he himself has made 30 holes; also, the state of the game under these circumstances; a double game.
- n. [⟨ lurch, verb] A cheat; a swindle.
- n. To leave suddenly or unexpectedly in an embarrassing predicament.
- To win a double game in cribbage, piquet, etc.
- To leave in the lurch; disappoint.
- To forestall; rob; swindle; cheat.
- To capture criminally or dishonestly; appropriate; steal.
- To take (game) with a lurcher. See lurcher, 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up.
- n. An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.
- n. A double score in cribbage for the winner when his adversary has been left in the
- v. obsolete To leave in the lurch; to cheat.
- v. obsolete To steal; to rob.
- n. Fig. 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. A sudden and capricious inclination of the mind.
- v. To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man; to move forward while lurching.
- v. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk.
- v. To dodge; to shift; to play tricks.
- n. a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
- v. move abruptly
- v. move slowly and unsteadily
- v. walk as if unable to control one's movements
- n. an unsteady uneven gait
- v. defeat by a lurch
- n. abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance)
- v. loiter about, with no apparent aim
- n. the act of moving forward suddenly
- Origin unknown.Perhaps back-formation from Middle English lurching, a total victory at lorche, a kind of game; perhaps akin to lurken, to lurk; see lurk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Unfortunately, the win actually still leaves Florian in the title lurch, even though it appeared he had punched his ticket before the win over Stevenson with a victory over Roger Huerta earlier this year.”
“Comparing Hillaryâ€ ™ s lurch to the right (and landing in the center) is comparable to McCainsâ€ ™ lurch from the center to the right.”
“Yet in such circumstances the woman who has been left in the lurch is supposed to suffer, quite apart from the damage to her affection, a sort of moral damage and disgrace from the heartlessness or fickleness of another person – the man to whom she has been engaged; and this moral damage is, I believe, taken into account in actions for breach of promise of marriage (where there is no question of seduction).”
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“The lurch is a miserable place, desolate, and filled with doors and paths and roads that all lead nowhere.”
“You think it would be unfriendly to me and my son here to leave us in what you English people call the lurch; and therefore you are depriving yourself of what would be a great pleasure as naturalists and hunters in which you would indulge if we were not here.”
“In the next instant, the great bulk of these materials were jerked back again to their original situation, by that peculiar movement, so trying to unpractised nerves, called a lurch to windward.”
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“She gave a kind of lurch and kept walking more briskly, when she saw me straightening up from the dirty work.”
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