As the debt talks were lurching into the eleventh hour, McConnell proposed a way out of the problem.
We are lurching from outrage, to anger, to outrage at the anger, and back again in microseconds.
And who knows, maybe lawmakers will discover that lurching from crisis to crisis is no way to run a government.
While it is painful to watch the daily lurching downward of the stock market, the air must come out of the balloon.
Gregory crawled and scrambled over the front of the lurching car and got into the driver's seat.
Nichols rose, lurching to his full height, and looked in my direction.
Three bluejackets were walking down the street to the Quay, lurching over the pavement as they walked.
He was running like a spent man, tottering and lurching from side to side.
Hereby was the ship trimmed, and more; ship now lurching to the other side again.
lurching heavily forward she would have fallen had he not caught her.
"sudden pitch to one side," 1784, from earlier lee-larches (1765), a nautical term for "the sudden roll which a ship makes to lee-ward in a high sea, when a large wave strikes her, and bears her weather-side violently up, which depresses the other in proportion" ["Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences," London 1765]; perhaps from French lacher "to let go," from Latin laxus (see lax).
When a Ship is brought by the Lee, it is commonly occaſsioned by a large Sea, and by the Neglect of the Helm's-man. When the Wind is two or three Points on the Quarter, the Ship taking a Lurch, brings the Wind on the other Side, and lays the Sails all dead to the Maſt; as the Yards are braced up, ſhe then having no Way, and the Helm being of no Service, I would therefore brace about the Head ſails ſharp the other Way .... [John Hamilton Moore, Practical Navigator, 8th ed., 1784]
"predicament," 1580s, from Middle English lurch (v.) "to beat in a game of skill (often by a great many points)," mid-14c., probably literally "to make a complete victory in lorche," a game akin to backgammon, from Old French lourche. The game name is perhaps related to Middle English lurken, lorken "to lie hidden, lie in ambush," or it may be adopted into French from Middle High German lurz "left," also "wrong."
1821, from lurch (n.1). Related: Lurched; lurching.