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lunge1

[luhnj] /lʌndʒ/
noun
1.
a sudden forward thrust, as with a sword or knife; stab.
2.
any sudden forward movement; plunge.
verb (used without object), lunged, lunging.
3.
to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.
verb (used with object), lunged, lunging.
4.
to thrust (something) forward; cause to move with a lunge:
lunging his finger accusingly.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; earlier longe for French allonge (noun; construed as a longe), allonger (v.) to lengthen, extend, deliver (blows) < Vulgar Latin *allongāre, for Late Latin ēlongāre to elongate
Synonyms
2. rush, charge, lurch.

lunge2

[luhnj] /lʌndʒ/
noun, verb, lunged, lunging.
1.
Origin
variant of longe < French; see longe, lune2
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Examples from the web for lunging
  • lunging for that tasty morsel has swung you down into the end of the tube.
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  • lunging defensive stabs became down-the-line winners.
  • Therefore the dog would remain, growling constantly and occasionally lunging at me, throughout the interview.
  • Her dog keeps hopping up, lunging and choking himself on his own collar, barking at the frenzy in her voice.
  • She has bitten a couple of people, one without warning, and one after much loud barking and lunging on the leash.
  • Before long the pack had surrounded the doomed beast, lunging at it with barred fangs and yelping non-stop in a frenzy.
  • As far as lunging goes, as you already know, that is not to be tolerated.
  • Then all of a sudden he started showing aggression towards people, growling and lunging.
  • Not even loathed figures should have strangers lunging at them.
British Dictionary definitions for lunging

lunge1

/lʌndʒ/
noun
1.
a sudden forward motion
2.
(fencing) a thrust made by advancing the front foot and straightening the back leg, extending the sword arm forwards
verb
3.
to move or cause to move with a lunge
4.
(intransitive) (fencing) to make a lunge
Derived Forms
lunger, noun
Word Origin
C18: shortened form of obsolete C17 allonge, from French allonger to stretch out (one's arm), from Late Latin ēlongāre to lengthen. Compare elongate

lunge2

/lʌndʒ/
noun
1.
a rope used in training or exercising a horse
verb
2.
(transitive) to exercise or train (a horse) on a lunge
Word Origin
C17: from Old French longe, shortened from allonge, ultimately from Latin longuslong1; related to lunge1
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Word Origin and History for lunging

lunge

n.

1735, "a thrust with a sword," originally a fencing term, shortened from allonge, from French allonger "to extend, thrust," from Old French alongier "to lengthen, make long," from à "to" + Old French long, from Latin longus "long" (see long (adj.)).

v.

1735 (implied in lunged), from lunge (n.). Sense of "to make a sudden forward rush" is from 1821. Related: Lunged; lunging.

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