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lurch

verb uk   /lɜːtʃ/  us   /lɝːtʃ/
[I] to move in a way that is not regular or normal, especially making sudden movements backwards or forwards or from side to side: The train lurched forward and some of the people standing fell over. [I + adv/prep] to act or continue in away that is uncontrolled and not regular, often with sudden changes: We seem to lurch from crisis to crisis. She just lurches from one bad relationship to another.

lurch

noun [C] uk   /lɜːtʃ/  us   /lɝːtʃ/
a sudden movement or change that is not smooth or normal: The truck gave a sudden lurch as it was hit by a strong gust of wind. The party's lurch (= sudden change) to the left will lose it a lot of support.
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