Lurch definitions

lûrch
A lurching movement; sudden rolling, pitching, etc.
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The act of lurching.
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A situation in certain card games, in which the winner has more than double the score of the loser.
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To roll, pitch, or sway suddenly forward or to one side.
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To stagger.
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To remain furtively near a place; lurk.
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To prevent (a person) from getting his fair share of something.
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To get by cheating, robbing, tricking, etc.
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To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically.

The ship lurched in the storm. The car gave a start and then lurched forward.

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A staggering or tottering movement or gait.
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An abrupt rolling or pitching.
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The losing position of a cribbage player who has not passed the halfway mark at the end of the game.
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Lurch is defined as leaving someone without help or without something you promised or a sudden movement forward or to one side.

An example of lurch is where you figuratively leave someone when you promise to pick up your friend's kids from school and then call five minutes before the bell and cancel.

An example of lurch is when someone unexpectedly and rapidly falls forward.

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The definition of lurch is to walk or move unsteadily and without stability.

An example of lurch is when you are intoxicated and stumbling around.

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The lurch of a ship, or of a drunkard.

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An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.
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To make an abrupt sudden movement.

The train lurched and moved away from the platform.

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To move with abrupt movements; move haltingly or jerkily.
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To make such a sudden, unsteady movement.
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(obsolete) To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up.
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A double score in cribbage for the winner when his/her adversary has been left in the lurch.
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Origin of lurch

Perhaps back-formation from Middle English lurching a total victory at lorche, a kind of game perhaps akin to lurken to lurk lurk