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Definition of lurch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lurch
    he / she / it lurches
    past simple lurched
    -ing form lurching
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to make a sudden unsteady movement forward or sideways synonym stagger, sway Suddenly the horse lurched to one side and the child fell off. The man lurched drunkenly out of the bar. (figurative) Their relationship seems to lurch from one crisis to the next.
  2. 2[intransitive] if your heart or stomach lurches, you have a sudden feeling of fear or excitement
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