Definition of lurch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//lɜːtʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//lɜːrtʃ//
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  • [usually singular] a sudden strong movement that moves you forward or sideways and nearly makes you lose your balance The 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 Originnoun late 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 French lourche, the name of a game resembling backgammon, used in the phrase demeurer lourche ‘be discomfited’.Extra examples Her 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
    leave somebody in the lurch
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    (informal) to fail to help somebody 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.
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