Meaning of lurch

lurch

Pronunciation: (lûrch), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of swaying abruptly.
  2. a sudden tip or roll to one side, as of a ship or a staggering person.
  3. an awkward, swaying or staggering motion or gait.
—v.i.
  1. (of a ship) to roll or pitch suddenly.
  2. to make a lurch; move with lurches; stagger: The wounded man lurched across the room.

lurch

Pronunciation: (lûrch), [key]
— n.
  1. a situation at the close of various games in which the loser scores nothing or is far behind the opponent.
  2. to leave in an uncomfortable or desperate situation; desert in time of trouble: Our best salesperson left us in the lurch at the peak of the busy season.

lurch

Pronunciation: (lûrch), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to do out of; defraud; cheat.
  2. to acquire through underhanded means; steal; filch.
—v.i.
  1. to lurk near a place; prowl.
—n.
  1. the act of lurking or state of watchfulness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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