A sudden or unsteady movement.
* 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
- the lurch of a ship, or of a drunkard
- Yet I hoped by grouting at the earth below it to be able to dislodge the stone at the side; but while I was considering how best to begin, the candle flickered, the wick gave a sudden lurch to one side, and I was left in darkness.
To make such a sudden, unsteady movement.
(obsolete) To leave someone in the lurch; to cheat.
(obsolete) To steal; to rob.
- Never deceive or lurch the sincere communicant.
- And in the brunt of seventeen battles since / He lurched all swords of the garland.
* leave someone in the lurch
(obsolete) To swallow or eat greedily; to devour; hence, to swallow up.
* Francis Bacon
- Too far off from great cities, which may hinder business; too near them, which lurcheth all provisions, and maketh everything dear.
An old game played with dice and counters; a variety of the game of tables.
A double score in cribbage for the winner when his/her adversary has been left in the lurch.
- Lady Blandford has cried her eyes out on losing a lurch .
An act of sexual intercourse.
* John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
- I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
* 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
- Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
- When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.
* rough and tumble
* take a tumble
* tumble dryer
* give a tumble
(lb) To fall end over end.
*(Robert South) (1634–1716)
*:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
*:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
To roll over and over.
*1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
*:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
(lb) To have sexual intercourse.
(lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
* tumble to