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LURCH, n. [This is the same word radically as lurk. The primary sense is to run, start, leap or frisk about, as a man or beast that flies from one tree or other object to another to conceal himself. Hence we see the peculiar applicability of this word in seamen's language.]

In seamen's language, a sudden roll of a ship. A lee-lurch is a sudden roll to the leeward, as when a heavy sea strikes the ship on the weather side.

To leave in the lurch, to leave in a difficult situation, or in embarrassment; to leave in a forlorn state or without help.

LURCH, v.i.

1. To roll or pass suddenly to one side, as a ship in a heavy sea.

2. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lie in ambush or in secret; to lie close. [For this, lurk is now used.]

3. To shift; to play tricks.

I am fain to shuffle, to hedge and to lurch.

LURCH, v.t.

1. To defeat; to disappoint, that is, to evade; as, to lurch the expectation. [Little used.]

2. To steal; to filch; to pilfer. [Little used.]

LURCH, v.t. [L. lurco, a glutton.] To swallow or eat greedily; to devour. [Not used.]




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LURCH, n. [This is the same word radically as lurk. The primary sense is to run, start, leap or frisk about, as a man or beast that flies from one tree or other object to another to conceal himself. Hence we see the peculiar applicability of this word in seamen's language.]

In seamen's language, a sudden roll of a ship. A lee-lurch is a sudden roll to the leeward, as when a heavy sea strikes the ship on the weather side.

To leave in the lurch, to leave in a difficult situation, or in embarrassment; to leave in a forlorn state or without help.

LURCH, v.i.

1. To roll or pass suddenly to one side, as a ship in a heavy sea.

2. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lie in ambush or in secret; to lie close. [For this, lurk is now used.]

3. To shift; to play tricks.

I am fain to shuffle, to hedge and to lurch.

LURCH, v.t.

1. To defeat; to disappoint, that is, to evade; as, to lurch the expectation. [Little used.]

2. To steal; to filch; to pilfer. [Little used.]

LURCH, v.t. [L. lurco, a glutton.] To swallow or eat greedily; to devour. [Not used.]


LURCH, n. [W. llerc, a frisk, or frisking about, a loitering or lurking; llercian, to loiter about, to lurk. This is the same word radically as lurk. The primary sense is to run, start, leap, or frisk about, as a man or beast that flies from one tree or other object to another to conceal himself. Hence we see the peculiar applicability of this word in seamen's language.]

In seaman's language, a sudden roll of a ship. A lee-lurch is a sudden roll to the leeward, as when a heavy sea strikes the ship on the weather side. – Cyc. To leave in the lurch, to leave in a difficult situation, or in embarrassment; to leave in a forlorn state or without help. – Denham.


LURCH, v.i.

  1. To roll or pass suddenly to one side, as a ship in a heavy sea.
  2. To withdraw to one aide, or to a private place; to lie in ambush or in secret; to lie close. [For this, lurk is now used.] – L'Estrange.
  3. To shift; to Play tricks. I am fain to shuffle, to hedge and to lurch. – Shak.

LURCH, v.t. [L. lurco, a glutton.]

To swallow or eat greedily; to devour. [Not used.] Bacon.


LURCH, v.t.

  1. To defeat; to disappoint, that is, to evade; as, to lurch the expectation. [Little used.] – South.
  2. To steal; to filch; to pilfer. [Little used.] – Johnson.

Lurch
  1. 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.

  2. An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.
  3. To leave in the lurch; to cheat.

    [Obs.]

    Never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant. South.

  4. 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.

  5. To roll or sway suddenly to one side, as a ship or a drunken man.
  6. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place] to lurk.

    L'Estrange.
  7. 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.

  8. To steal; to rob.

    [Obs.]

    And in the brunt of seventeen battles since
    He lurched all swords of the garland.
    Shak.

  9. To dodge; to shift; to play tricks.

    I . . . am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch. Shak.

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Lurch

LURCH, noun [This is the same word radically as lurk. The primary sense is to run, start, leap or frisk about, as a man or beast that flies from one tree or other object to another to conceal himself. Hence we see the peculiar applicability of this word in seamen's language.]

In seamen's language, a sudden roll of a ship. A lee-lurch is a sudden roll to the leeward, as when a heavy sea strikes the ship on the weather side.

To leave in the lurch to leave in a difficult situation, or in embarrassment; to leave in a forlorn state or without help.

LURCH, verb intransitive

1. To roll or pass suddenly to one side, as a ship in a heavy sea.

2. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lie in ambush or in secret; to lie close. [For this, lurk is now used.]

3. To shift; to play tricks.

I am fain to shuffle, to hedge and to lurch

LURCH, verb transitive

1. To defeat; to disappoint, that is, to evade; as, to lurch the expectation. [Little used.]

2. To steal; to filch; to pilfer. [Little used.]

LURCH, verb transitive [Latin lurco, a glutton.] To swallow or eat greedily; to devour. [Not used.]

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