|1.||leave someone in the lurch to desert someone in trouble|
|2.||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)|
|[C16: from French lourche a game similar to backgammon, apparently from lourche (adj) deceived, probably of Germanic origin]|
leave in the lurch
Abandon or desert someone in difficult straits. For example, Jane was angry enough to quit without giving notice, leaving her boss in the lurch. This expression alludes to a 16th-century French dice game, lourche, where to incur a lurch meant to be far behind the other players. It later was used in cribbage and other games, as well as being used in its present figurative sense by about 1600.