leave (someone) in the lurch

Definition of leave (someone) in the lurch

  1. :  to leave (someone) without help or protection when it is needed His advisers left him in the lurch when he needed them the most.

Word by Word Definitions

leaveplay
  1. :  bequeath, devise

    :  to have remaining after one's death

    :  to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. :  permission to do something

    :  authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

    :  an act of leaving :  departure

  1. :  leaf

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

lurchplay
  1. :  to loiter about a place furtively :  prowl

    :  steal

    :  cheat

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

  1. :  to leave in the lurch

    :  to defeat by a lurch (as in cribbage)

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

    :  an abrupt jerking, swaying, or tipping movement

    :  stagger

  1. :  to roll or tip abruptly :  pitch

    :  to move with a lurch

    :  stagger


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