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Definition of lurch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually singular]
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  • a sudden strong movement that moves you forward or sideways and nearly makes you lose your balance The train stopped with a lurch. With a lurch the party found itself heading for a major crisis.
  • Idioms
    leave somebody in the lurch (informal)
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    to fail to help someone when they are relying on you to do so I'm sorry to leave you in the lurch but I can't do the presentation with you this afternoon. She felt she had been left in the lurch by all her colleagues.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lurch

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