• WordNet 3.6
    • v lurch defeat by a lurch
    • v lurch move abruptly "The ship suddenly lurched to the left"
    • v lurch walk as if unable to control one's movements "The drunken man staggered into the room"
    • v lurch move slowly and unsteadily "The truck lurched down the road"
    • v lurch loiter about, with no apparent aim
    • n lurch an unsteady uneven gait
    • n lurch the act of moving forward suddenly
    • n lurch abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance) "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
    • n lurch a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lurch 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 ."
    • n Lurch 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.
    • Lurch An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.
    • Lurch To dodge; to shift; to play tricks. "I . . . am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch ."
    • Lurch To leave in the lurch; to cheat. "Never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant."
    • v. i Lurch lûrch To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man; to move forward while lurching.
    • Lurch To steal; to rob. "And in the brunt of seventeen battles since
      He lurched all swords of the garland."
    • v. i Lurch To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up. "Too far off from great cities, which may hinder business; too near them, which lurcheth all provisions, and maketh everything dear."
    • Lurch To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lurch To lie in concealment; lurk; move stealthily.
    • lurch To sulk; pout.
    • lurch To shift; dodge; play tricks.
    • lurch 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.
    • lurch To walk with an uneven or shifting gait; stagger: as, he went lurching down the street.
    • n lurch A sudden lateral movement or swaying to one side, as of a ship, a carriage, or a staggering person.
    • n lurch Hence Any sudden or unexpected shift or change of position.
    • n lurch An inclination; disposition; leaning.
    • lurch To swallow or devour; eat up; consume.
    • n lurch An old game, the nature of which is unknown.
    • n lurch 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 [⟨ lurch, verb] A cheat; a swindle.
    • n lurch To leave suddenly or unexpectedly in an embarrassing predicament.
    • lurch To win a double game in cribbage, piquet, etc.
    • lurch To leave in the lurch; disappoint.
    • lurch To forestall; rob; swindle; cheat.
    • lurch To capture criminally or dishonestly; appropriate; steal.
    • lurch To take (game) with a lurcher. See lurcher, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lurch lurch an ancient card-game: in cribbage, the position of the party who has gained every point before the other makes one
    • v.t Lurch to overreach:
    • v.i Lurch lurch to evade by stooping, to lurk: to roll or pitch suddenly to one side (as a ship)
    • n Lurch a sudden roll of a ship
    • v.t Lurch (arch.) to steal
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  • Sir Roger L'Estrange
    Sir Roger L'Estrange
    “The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.”


In the lurch - If you are left in the lurch, you are suddenly left in an embarrassing or tricky situation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. W. llerch, llerc, a frisk, a frisking backward or forward, a loitering, a lurking, a lurking, llercian, llerciaw, to be idle, to frisk; or perh. fr. E. lurch, to lurk


In literature:

Instead, there lurched into view a huge negro.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Two carts with high sides lurched down the road behind the Armenians.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The figure thus formed caught the bear's attention, and with a lurch he was upon it.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
He lurched forward, and his face was buried in a mass of mould.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
He lurched to his feet, swaying from side to side.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Behind them lurched another man, slinking in the background.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
There was a heavy shock, the canoe lurched, and a broken branch began to drag her down.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
One of the men rolled free, staggered to his feet, and came lurching towards us.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The plane lurched and reeled as the blast of the explosion reached it.
"The Solar Magnet" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
When at length she felt a welcome jar and lurch her patience was threadbare.
"The Very Small Person" by Annie Hamilton Donnell

In poetry:

And when the dreary watches
Of storm and darkness passed,
Just as the wreck lurched under,
All souls were saved at last.
"The Three Bells" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Beech trees in a golden haze;
Hardy sumachs all ablaze,
Glowing through the silver birches.
How that pine tree shouts and lurches!
"Late September" by Amy Lowell
He grips the tankard of brown ale
That spills a generous foam:
Oft-times he drinks, they say, and winks
At drunk men lurching home.
"The General Elliott" by Robert Graves
Deep quiet again, and on we lurch
Under the shadow of a church:
Its tower ascends, fog-wreathed and grim;
Within its aisles a light burns dim....
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
Fall, sink, lurch, and round and round
Flicker, flicker-heavy;
Even wings heavy:
And cleave in a high corner for a second, like a clot, also a
"Man And Bat" by D H Lawrence
And all on board the Valdemar
Was still as still could be;
Save when the dismal ship-bell tolled,
As ever and anon she rolled,
And lurched into the sea.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - IV. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

RNC platform confirms party's rightward lurch .
Lurch has a fan club.
Nash Heads to Lakers, Leaving Knicks in Lurch .
Egypt lurch into risky limbo on NGO case.
Prop 21's defeat leaves state's parks in lurch .
Democrats' Liberal Lurch Could Sink Them in 2010 Elections.
Customers left in lurch with useless gift certificates.
OnStar, home security systems in lurch as cellular networks switch to digital.
They came into Reliant Stadium looking very much like a team lurching toward an underwhelming year.
Harry Potter's patronus frequently took the form of lurching Capt.
As higher education lurches into the 21st century, the lines of distinction between the private and public sector are becoming more and more blurred.
RNC platform confirms party's rightward lurch.
How US Foreign Policy Has Lurched Rightward The Nation.
As Markets Lurch, Options to Avoid Getting Seasick .
"The Earth is saying that we can lurch from one climate to another year after year or we can commit to stopping global warming," said John Pollack.

In science:

It seems likely that even in this inner region, large scale (rather than local) gravitational or magnetic effects are needed to re-distribute angular momentum, which will probably happen in lurches rather than in a nice steady fashion.
The AGN/Normal Galaxy Connection : Summary