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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.
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Repeating an argument made at the weekend, he said: "We are in danger of lurching down the road towards fascism."
Instead, modest tsunamis associated with the glacial earthquakes implicate glacier calving as the generator of seismic events, putting to rest the idea that lurching glaciers are responsible for glacial earthquakes at outlet glaciers like Helheim, and demonstrating a link between ice loss and glacier acceleration.
Recall that President Dease wishes to avoid "lurching from controversy to controversy."
LABOUR seem to be lurching further and further to the right.
"There's been quite a lot of talk of lurching and I can tell you we are not going to be lurching to the left, we are not going to be lurching to the right, we are just going to provide the good solid leadership that this country needs."
Mr Cameron will say: "There's been a lot of talk about lurching, so let me make it clear - no lurch to the right, no lurch to the left.
In an echo of Margaret Thatcher's famous speech 25 years ago when she insisted "the Lady's not for turning", Mr Cameron will tell delegates, "There's been a lot of talk about lurching. So let me make it clear - no lurch to the right, no lurch to the left.
Luckily a rear wheel got caught on stonework, stopping the car from lurching further down.
Its predominant bouncy reggae rhythms and skanking brass will appeal to the No Doubt set, but there's also jacked-up EZ listening like the delightful "Everything, s Just Wonderful" (and, no, it isn't), as well as soft rock and lurching jazz.
There can be little more dangerous than a one-time superpower lurching through an economic crisis with only its massive military might to deploy as a negotiating device among clamoring overseas creditors.