To leave in the lurch. To leave a person in a difficulty. In
cribbage a person is left in the lurch when his adversary has run out
his score of sixty-one holes before he himself has turned the corner
(or pegged his
thirty-first) hole. In cards it is a slam, that is, when one of the
players wins the entire game before his adversary has scored a single
point or won a trick.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Lurch from Fact Monster:
- Analogy Quiz - (What is an analogy?) GLOSS : SHEEN :: _____ : stagger Hint lurch suave hurry Word Quiz Spelling ...
- Penelope - Starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage
- The Music Man - Starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford
- Nigeria - Nigeria Profile: People, History, Economy, Defense, U.S.-Nigerian Relations