Lurch v. i. To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up. [Obs.]
Too far off from great cities, which may hinder business; too near them, which lurcheth all provisions, and maketh everything dear. --Bacon.
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.
Lurch, v. t.
1. To leave in the lurch; to cheat. [Obs.]
Never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant. --South.
2. To steal; to rob. [Obs.]
And in the brunt of seventeen battles since
He lurched all swords of the garland. --Shak.
Lurch, n. 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. Fig.: A sudden and capricious inclination of the mind.
Lurch v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lurched p. pr. & vb. n. Lurching.] To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man; to move forward while lurching.
Lurch, v. i.
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.
n 1: an unsteady uneven gait [syn: stumble, stagger]
2: a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
3: abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other
conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
[syn: pitch, pitching]
4: the act of moving forward suddenly [syn: lunge]
v 1: walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken
man staggered into the room" [syn: stagger, reel, keel,
2: move abruptly; "The ship suddenly lurched to the left" [syn:
3: move slowly and unsteadily; "The truck lurched down the
4: loiter about, with no apparent aim [syn: prowl]
5: defeat by a lurch [syn: skunk]