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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
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NEW Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle failed to live up to her rosy declaration on the pavement in Downing Street as she lurches to the Tory Right.
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Just think, when the office letch lurches up to you at the Christmas bash with pursed lips and waving his plastic mistletoe, now all you do is waft a tissue at him and say you're going down with the lurgy.
Whether an Elisa Monte dance lurches in fast-forward or lingers on a juncture for precarious poses, it quickens the pulse.