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in the lurch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv in the lurch in a difficult or vulnerable position "he resigned and left me in the lurch"
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Quotations

  • Sir Roger L'Estrange
    Sir Roger L'Estrange
    “The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.”

Idioms

In the lurch - If you are left in the lurch, you are suddenly left in an embarrassing or tricky situation.
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Usage

In literature:

It was like leaving him in the lurch.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
Why, its ridickerlus for you as an officer to tell your men to forsake you and leave you in the lurch.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
Captains in Her Majesty's service are too particular about their juniors and ship's company to leave a boat's crew in the lurch.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
We are not going away to leave you in the lurch.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
We'll be friends, when it's all over, but don't leave me in the lurch like this.
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
I'm a nice sort of a chap, I am, to go on duty and leave my officer in the lurch like that!
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
Instead of leaving us in the lurch after undertaking to act as skipper, however, he has worked for us like a Trojan.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
I'll sing another verse or two, and then be off to the park, and leave him in the lurch.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
On the whole Cupid was kind, though Lilias and Gowan were left in the lurch.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
They knew their comrades would not leave them in the lurch.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
Michel, dear Michel, would not have left her in the lurch if he had been there.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
He succeeded in fixing the hook, but a violent lurch of the ship tore the handle out of his grasp and cast him into the bottom of the boat.
"The Lifeboat" by R.M. Ballantyne
Brion and Ihjel were strapped in when the jump-drive cut off abruptly, lurching them back into normal space and time.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Magdalena laughed aloud at the thought; but she could not leave Helena in the lurch at the last moment.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
It was the whole man who limped and lurched, with nothing of him left in the same position as before.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
It won't be honest if he leaves me in the lurch.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863" by Various
He waved us off furiously; cracked on full steam and again left us in the lurch.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Ever ready to join with France, we always leave her in the lurch.
"Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General Originally Published In Blackwood's Magazine - 1864" by Charles Lever
I can't help wonderin'," said the seaman, "that Lovey should have bolted as he did an' left us in the lurch.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
Why, what would the colonel say if he found out that I'd left you in the lurch?
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Dim the gas-lights in the output
Of so many ardent smokers,
Full of shadow lurch the corners,
And the doctor peeps and passes.
"Interlude" by William Ernest Henley
Say, shall I to you Flemish church,
And at a Popish altar kneel?
Oh, do not leave me in the lurch,—
I'll cry, ye patron-saints of Lille!
"Titmarsh’s Carmen Lilliense" by William Makepeace Thackeray
—Thus in the losing autumn,
Over the streets, I now lurch
Legless to your side and speak your name
Under a gray sky ripped apart
By thunder and the changing wind.
"La Vita Nuova" by Weldon Kees
Under the pine-dark highlands,
Around the vine-hung islands,
She ploughed her crooked furrow
And her rippling and her lurches
Scared the river eels and perches,
And the musk-rat in his burrow.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There's a maid with a cheek like a peach, like a peach,
That is waiting for you in the church;--
But he clings to your side like a leech, like a leech,
And you leave your lost bride in the lurch.
"The Old Man Of The Sea" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My master carries me to church,
And often am I blamèd Because I leave him in the lurch
As soon as text is namèd; I leave the church in sermon-time
And slink away to Sally; She is the darling of my heart,
And she lives in our alley.
"Sally In Our Alley" by Henry Carey

In news:

Obama's presidency lurches from fad to fad -- from gays in the military to "green jobs" to the "Buffett rule".
News Loan seekers left in the lurch by erratic funding.
Are you left in the lurch after Sandy.
M-commerce tech provider vanishes, leaving 24 retailers in the lurch .
D.C AIDS Patients Left in the Lurch for Shelter.
AIG Leaves Manchester United In The Lurch .
Check scam leaves Bainbridge business in the lurch .
Sudden M&B Closure Leaves Many In the Lurch .
Shelter's Closing Has Left Homeless Women in the Lurch .
When state programs end, parents are left in the lurch .
A combination of bad weather and bad timing along with the annual high demand for flowers during graduation season has left florists and lei -makers in a lurch and hunting for blooms.
The recent inauguration in Bolivia of indigenous leader Evo Morales is being interpreted by many as a sign of a hemispheric lurch to the left.
The Lafayette Charter Commission's one-80 last week is leaving city residents in the lurch.
CINCINNATI (AP) Jim Bowden brought stability in the 1990s, when the Cincinnati Reds were lurching through crises brought on by owner Marge Schotts gaffes.
For the past week, I've noticed a wild turkey lurching in the bushes just outside my home.
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