Lurch

Definition of Lurch

Pronunciation: lûrch
v. i.1.To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up.
Too far off from great cities, which may hinder business; too near them, which lurcheth all provisions, and maketh everything dear.
- Bacon.
n.1.An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.
2.A double score in cribbage for the winner when his adversary has been left in the lurch.
Lady -- has cried her eyes out on losing a lurch.
- Walpole.
To leave one in the lurch
a - In the game of cribbage, to leave one's adversary so far behind that the game is won before he has scored thirty-one.
b - To leave one behind; hence, to abandon, or fail to stand by, a person in a difficulty.
- Denham.
But though thou'rt of a different church,
I will not leave thee in the lurch.
- Hudibras.
v. t.1.To leave in the lurch; to cheat.
Never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant.
- South.
2.To steal; to rob.
And in the brunt of seventeen battles since
He lurched all swords of the garland.
- Shak.
n.1.A sudden roll of a ship to one side, as in heavy weather; hence, a swaying or staggering movement to one side, as that by a drunken man.
v. i.1.To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man; to move forward while lurching.
[imp. & p. p. Lurched (lûrcht); p. pr. & vb. n. Lurching.]
1.To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk.
2.To dodge; to shift; to play tricks.
I . . . am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch.
- Shak.

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