[usually singular]a sudden strong movement that moves you forward or sideways and nearly makes you lose your balanceThe train gave a violent lurch.His heart gave a lurch when he saw her.With a lurch the party found itself heading for a major crisis.
Word Originnounlate 17th cent. (as a noun denoting the sudden leaning of a ship to one side): of unknown origin. leave somebody in the lurch.mid 16th cent. (denoting a state of discomfiture): from Frenchlourche, the name of a game resembling backgammon, used in the phrase demeurer lourche
.Extra examplesHer heart gave a lurch when she saw him.John felt a lurch of dismay.John felt a lurch of fear in his stomach.Starting her own business was a lurch into the unknown.The train stopped with a lurch.Idioms
(informal)to fail to help somebody when they are relying on you to do soI’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.