Saturday, December 5, 2015

lurch & fend off


Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Mrs. Ambrose's worst suspicions were confirmed; she went down the passage lurching from side to side, and fending off the wall now with her right arm, now with her left; at each lurch she exclaimed emphatically, "Damn!"


1. to move suddenly in a way that is not smooth or controlled;
2. if your heart or stomach lurches, it seems to suddenly jump because you are excited or upset;

fend off:
1. to push against an approaching vessel or object in order to prevent a collision;
2. to push somebody or something away, or turn somebody or something aside.

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