|to flee; abscond:|
|to steal or take dishonestly (money, esp. public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.|
|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]|
see leave in the lurch.