What does the word lurch mean?

Usage examples for lurch

  1. The boat had given a slight lurch. – The Pursuit of the House-Boat by John Kendrick Bangs
  2. All that Henry feared was being left in the lurch by the States; otherwise he was not afraid of Rome. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  3. It's all very well for you: you put a man up to everything that's dangerous, and then you leave him in the lurch, and say it don't matter. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant