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Definition of Left in the lurch

Left in the lurch Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
ENGLISH IDIOMS 2.EDITION
(See leave you in the lurch)
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Meaning
Left in a difficult position without help.
Origin
Originated with the French game of lourche or lurch, played in the 16th century. Players suffered a lurch if they were left in a hopeless position from which they couldn't win the game. The card game of cribbage, or crib, also has a 'lurch' position which players may be left in if they don't progress half way round the peg board before the winner finishes.
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English Idioms WM 1.3a
See leave you in the lurch
rhyming slang
Church
Lexicon of Thieves' Cant
to be "left in the lurch" is to be betrayed by ones companions