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;
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.