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[n] abrupt up-and-down motion (as caused by a ship or other conveyance); "the pitching and tossing was quite exciting"
[n] an unsteady uneven gait
[n] the act of moving forward suddenly
[v] defeat by a lurch, as in certain card games
[v] loiter about, with no apparent aim
[v] move abruptly
[v] walk as if unable to control one's movements
[v] move slowly and unsteadily; "The truck lurched down the road"

Misc. Definitions

\Lurch\, v. i. [L. lurcare, lurcari.] 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.
\Lurch\, n. [OF. lourche name of a game; as adj., deceived, embarrassed.]
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. [Cf. W. llerch, llerc, a frisk, a frisking backward or forward, a loitering, a lurking, a lurking, llercian, llerciaw, to be idle, to frisk; or perh. fr. E. lurch to lurk.] 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.
\Lurch\, v. i. [A variant of lurk.]
1. To withdraw to one side, or to a private place; to lurk. --L'Estrange.
2. To dodge; to shift; to play tricks. I . . . am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch. --Shak.

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