lurch

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lurch

Cribbage the state of a losing player with less than 30 points at the end of a game (esp in the phrase in the lurch)
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Lurch

Addams’s zombielike, extremely tall butler. [TV: “The Addams Family” in Terrace, I, 29]
See: Butler
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
Thus was Master Middle left in the lurch "for the great shot to pay."
It is one of 14 hospitals left in the lurch by the collapse of privatisation giant Carillion.
LAHORE -- The protest by Tehrik-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi continued for the second day Thursday, leaving the masses in the lurch.