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lurch

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verb \ˈlərch\

Definition of lurch

dial chiefly English

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to loiter about a place furtively :  prowl

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 obsolete :  steal

  5. 2 archaic :  cheat



Origin of lurch

Middle English lorchen, probably alteration of lurken to lurk


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with lurch


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lurch

noun

Definition of lurch

  1. :  a decisive defeat in which an opponent wins a game by more than double the defeated player's score especially in cribbage

in the lurch
  1. :  in a vulnerable and unsupported position



Origin of lurch

Middle French lourche, adjective, defeated by a lurch, deceived


First Known Use: 1598


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lurch

verb

Definition of lurch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to leave in the lurch

  3. 2 :  to defeat by a lurch (as in cribbage)



Circa 1651

First Known Use of lurch

circa 1651


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lurch

noun

Definition of lurch

  1. 1 :  a sudden roll of a ship to one side

  2. 2 :  an abrupt jerking, swaying, or tipping movement <the car moved forward with a lurch>; also :  stagger 2



Origin of lurch

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1805


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lurch

verb

Definition of lurch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to roll or tip abruptly :  pitch

  3. 2 :  to move with a lurch <suddenly lurched forward>; also :  stagger <has lurched from crisis to crisis — Jere Longman>



Circa 1828

First Known Use of lurch

circa 1828




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