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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LURCH

With every lurch of her feet, Andrew expected to feel her crumble beneath him.

I can't run the chance of the paper being left in the lurch.

My pride was touched, and I agreed to go, leaving my fisherman in the lurch.

Government, I suppose, will do what is right, and not leave me in the lurch.

What sort of a God was it who was gracious only to the young, and left the old in the lurch?

They did use me to their heart's content, and left me in the lurch when danger came.

When at length she felt a welcome jar and lurch her patience was threadbare.

Naturally they are not yet persuaded that the country will not leave them in the lurch again.

Ever ready to join with France, we always leave her in the lurch.

He, too, had been flung away from the long tiller, which took charge in the lurch.

WORD ORIGIN

"sudden pitch to one side," 1784, from earlier lee-larches (1765), a nautical term for "the sudden roll which a ship makes to lee-ward in a high sea, when a large wave strikes her, and bears her weather-side violently up, which depresses the other in proportion" ["Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences," London 1765]; perhaps from French lacher "to let go," from Latin laxus (see lax).

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