leave someone in the lurch

leave someone in the lurch
leave (someone) in the lurch to cause someone to be in a situation in which they do not have what they need.

Her ex-husband didn't want to deal with the kids, so she was left in the lurch.

Factories here that rely on parts from overseas were suddenly left in the lurch when imports were suspended.


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  • leave someone in the lurch — LEAVE IN TROUBLE, let down, leave stranded, leave high and dry, abandon, desert. → leave * * * leave someone in the lurch To leave someone in a difficult situation without help • • • Main Entry: ↑lurch * * * leave someone in the lurch phrase to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • leave someone in the lurch — leave someone in a difficult situation without assistance or support. → lurch …   English new terms dictionary

  • leave someone in the lurch — Wally talked us into taking part in the protest, and then he just left us in the lurch Syn: leave in trouble, let down, leave stranded, leave high and dry, abandon, desert …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • leave someone in the lurch — verb To abandon somebody; especially, to abandon somebody and leave him or her in a difficult situation. He left me in the lurch and I had to finish the whole project by myself. Syn: leave somebody holding the bag, bilk …   Wiktionary

  • leave someone in the lurch — to leave someone in a difficult situation without helping them …   English dictionary

  • leave in the lurch — leave (someone) in the lurch see ↑lurch, 3 • • • Main Entry: ↑leave leave (someone) in the lurch : to leave someone without help or protection when it is needed His advisers left him in the lurch when he needed them the most. • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • leave in the lurch — leave (someone) in the lurch to cause someone to be in a situation in which they do not have what they need. Her ex husband didn t want to deal with the kids, so she was left in the lurch. Factories here that rely on parts from overseas were… …   New idioms dictionary

  • leave in the lurch — desert or leave alone and in trouble, refuse to help or support someone He left me in the lurch when he didn t come over to help me although he had promised to earlier in the day. (from Idioms in Speech) (smb) to leave (a person) in difficulties …   Idioms and examples

  • lurch — lurch1 [lʉrch] vi. [< ?] 1. to roll, pitch, or sway suddenly forward or to one side 2. to stagger n. [earlier lee lurch < ?] a lurching movement; sudden rolling, pitching, etc. lurch2 [lʉrch] vi. [ME lorchen …   English World dictionary

  • lurch — lurch1 [ lɜrtʃ ] verb intransitive 1. ) to move suddenly in a way that is not smooth or controlled: Joe lurched drunkenly into the room. The bus finally lurched to a halt outside the school. 2. ) if your heart or stomach lurches, it seems to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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