Main definitions of lunge in English

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lunge1

nounPlural lunges

  • 1A sudden forward thrust of the body, typically with an arm outstretched to attack someone or seize something.

    ‘Lucy made a lunge for Gabriel's wrist’
    ‘a crude lunge at United's goalscorer’
    • ‘Suddenly, Noah made a wild lunge for her, grabbing her around the waist and lifting her effortlessly off the ground.’
    • ‘No British record has ever made such a naked lunge for the American market.’
    • ‘This game had been simmering below the surface for some time when Luis Boa Morte suddenly lit the blue touch paper with a wild lunge at Ryan Nelsen in the 68th minute.’
    • ‘Colin made a lunge for it, grabbed it and said, ‘I want one!’’
    • ‘Satisfied that Wesley wasn't going to take a running lunge at his lover, the vampire perched on the edge of the desk, reaching for the scanner to turn it up.’
    • ‘I make a lunge for freedom as he pulls up his trousers.’
    • ‘At the heart of Wyler's tale is his desperate lunge at fame and riches.’
    • ‘I shrieked, making a lunge for her but from somewhere behind someone grabbed me… held me back.’
    • ‘Her sudden lunge forward pushed Setsunai back and therefore, caused him to drop his sword and forced them to descend off the platform, rushing to their graves below.’
    • ‘‘He is probably going to tell us that we are making a lunge for this scepter tomorrow, no doubt,’ Josh answered.’
    • ‘He claimed Mr Hall was ‘dancing about’ as the train approached and eventually admitted he made a drunken lunge at him from behind.’
    • ‘Earlier this week, a Blackwater dude made an unprovoked lunge at our car after Kyle tried to take a picture of him.’
    • ‘Taking a chance, I ran towards her as ‘Simon’ made a lunge for me.’
    • ‘One of them sprang at me and made a lunge for my throat.’
    • ‘She dove into a sideways roll and made a lunge at his side, which he avoided easily by stepping out of the way.’
    • ‘Nick made a lunge at Seven, but a lightning-fast blast of energy from Seven's eyes cut into Nick's shoulder, sending him spilling to the sidewalk.’
    • ‘Link made a sudden lunge at the squirrel, attempting to get it back.’
    • ‘Eaher abruptly turned to the offensive, stepping in with a lunge at Tahr's shoulder, sword at arm's length.’
    • ‘Once again, Daikon comprised an attack and made his outstretched hand lunge at Seltu's neck.’
    • ‘With a sudden lunge at the commodore, he sent the other man stumbling back.’
    thrust, pounce, dive, jump, spring, leap, rush, sudden movement, grab
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    1. 1.1 The basic attacking move in fencing, in which the leading foot is thrust forward close to the floor with the knee bent while the back leg remains straightened.
      • ‘Start standing and inhale while stepping your left leg into a forward lunge with your left knee directly over your ankle.’
      • ‘Move on to walking lunges, forward and backward.’
      • ‘The weight still shifts to the heel for increased power during the lunge so in the moment of the lunge, the rear foot faces straight across the strip.’
      • ‘As fast as possible the pupil could execute a simple beat, followed by a straight thrust and a rapid lunge.’
      • ‘Kneeling on the ground, arms hanging by your sides, step forward with your left foot into a lunge, bending the knee so it aligns with your left ankle.’
    2. 1.2 An exercise or gymnastic movement resembling the lunge of a fencer.
      • ‘When performing leg exercises, only supported lunges or squats should be performed, especially after the first trimester.’
      • ‘Unless you actually blow dry your tresses with your toes, you can sneak in a few stretches, lunges and other stationary exercises while you move the hot air around your head.’
      • ‘He advanced from simple stomach movements to leg and groin stretches, one legged squats, lunges and myriad exercises aimed at strengthening the middle of his body.’
      • ‘All workouts include push-ups, lunges, abdominal exercises and stretching performed on the treadmill while it is off.’
      • ‘These two also work to stabilize the legs and help maintain correct knee tracking in exercises like the seesaw lunge so you can maximize the work of the other muscles involved.’
      • ‘Then on Wednesday work the legs with lunges, bridges and split squats.’
      • ‘Do lunges using a Smith machine beginning with 25-50 pounds.’
      • ‘Even the U.S. Olympic Committee promotes walking lunges for competitive bowlers to strengthen their legs and core.’
      • ‘Exercises like walking lunges, reverse lunges, weighted step-ups and squats in which you descend to the point where your thighs are parallel to the floor all build a round bottom.’
      • ‘Extended rallies and almost constant running builds muscular strength and endurance in the lower body, while lunges, twists and turns increase flexibility in the back and abdomen.’
      • ‘‘I started doing these with my fighters because there wasn't enough room to do walking lunges in the gym without having to stop,’ says Honig.’
      • ‘Add lower-body strength exercises such as squats and lunges, using enough weight that your muscles fatigue between eight and 12 repetitions.’
      • ‘Use heavy enough weights that your muscles fatigue after eight to 12 repetitions, particularly when doing squats, dead lifts and lunges - the exercises that load the spine.’
      • ‘He used movements he never relied on before, such as lunges and hyperextensions to isolate his hams rather than his lower back.’
      • ‘Resistance training such as chin-ups, lunges or simply pushing your physiotherapy exercises to the extreme are all useful when strengthening essential skiing muscles.’
      • ‘For lower body, we included a lot of functional movements like lunges and squats, but we usually had her do them in the Smith machine so she'd have the guide rails to help keep her stable and aligned.’
      • ‘Some of the best exercises include compound movements such as squats, lunges and leg presses.’
      • ‘Many multijoint exercises such as walking lunges, running stairs with weights and dumbbell squats while lunging will promote positive changes in body composition.’
      • ‘This keeps the stress off my knees and places all of it on my quads and hamstrings, in effect making the movement more of a one-leg squat than a stretching lunge.’
      • ‘Pushups, lunges and handstands are the most productive and efficient exercises for training strength, balance and coordination.’

verblunged, lunging, lunges, lungeing

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Make a lunge.

    ‘McCulloch raised his cudgel and lunged at him’
    ‘John lunged forward and grabbed him by the throat’
    • ‘At this point Lady E lunged at the American and began to shake her.’
    • ‘Phyrendi lunged at him, grabbing him around the neck and digging in her nails.’
    • ‘It jumped, grabbed and lunged at three of us before wandering off towards the piece of wreck we had just left.’
    • ‘They say Jackson lunged at one of them and the incident was spotted by four Inglewood police officers who then approached and arrested the youth.’
    • ‘Thinking Sinéad dead, he lunged at Nichola with the other knife.’
    • ‘She doused her hands with liquid, handed it to Veronica, and lunged at Jake, grabbing his face.’
    • ‘She lunged at Jen, grabbing her by the throat and knocking her to the ground.’
    • ‘But he lunged at one of them and struck one of them in the nose when the camera was shoved back towards this chap's face.’
    • ‘Morgan lunged at Katazheniya, grabbing her hand and pulling her back out through the bathroom door.’
    • ‘He lunged at her with a knife and grabbed the money back.’
    • ‘If the defender lunges toward you, quickly take a longer step with the same foot and simultaneously push the ball out and drive right around his hip.’
    • ‘I only touched his shoulder when he lunged at Harry.’
    • ‘Also, fake the jumper and drive if the defender lunges toward you to stop the shot.’
    • ‘Thomas lunged at Corrine and grabbed her around the neck, trying to strangle her.’
    • ‘He lunged at me and all I could think of was the children.’
    • ‘I lunged at her and grabbed her around the waist, thanking her with the deepest, most passionate kiss inside me.’
    • ‘He lunged at her and grabbed her wrist, attempting to rid her of her weapon.’
    • ‘The three cops testified that Dorismond then lunged at Vasquez, grabbing for his weapon.’
    • ‘He then lunged at her and grabbed her around the throat, thrusting her against the side of the pool.’
    • ‘He was heading towards the casket once again but Rachel lunged at him and grabbed on to his back.’
    thrust, pounce, dive, launch oneself, jump, spring, leap, rush, charge, move suddenly, make a grab
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of direction Make a sudden forward thrust with (a part of the body or a weapon)
      ‘Billy lunged his spear at the fish’
      • ‘He quickly lunged the sword into the stomach of his former companion.’
      • ‘And at the same time, they lunged their swords into Vee's mother and sister.’
      • ‘He lunged the sword in her direction, stopping precisely before it impaled her throat.’
      • ‘Lou reached back her fist and lunged it forward, knocking one guy into another one and down they went.’
      • ‘Jengo lunged his sword forward, impaling the blade in another creature's mouth.’
      • ‘Coffey waved the weapon around in a threatening manner, lunging it at the officer and when he would not put it down, was gassed in the face.’
      • ‘Jean nodded and was quick to strike, lunging his sword in Tyson's direction.’
      • ‘She spun around and lunged her sword into the beast's mouth as it broke out to the surface and dove at her.’
      • ‘Lasisitus began to chant again, while Xerces lunged his sword to the mouth.’
      • ‘Sammael waited for a moment before lunging his sword at Jessam.’
      • ‘With that he lunged the sword to her and held his breath as it sailed towards her.’
      • ‘Suddenly, Zeather lunges his sword at Pristine, aiming for her neck.’
      • ‘Lilac suddenly looked at Risaku and lunged her body into his strong arms.’
      • ‘Tenko tried to lunge the spear into Phish's chest, but Phish pushed Tenko off of him before he could.’
      • ‘The demon lunged his sword at Ashlee, and she quickly parried the blow.’
      • ‘As Wen Yi was about to fall down from his steed, Wei Hong lunged his sword at Wen Yi's chest and took his life at last.’
      • ‘Immediately, Seltu lunged his body at his foe, hoping finally to rid himself of her wearisome life.’
      • ‘Not even halfway on the platform, he lunged the sword forwards, giving Setsunai a hard time in killing him.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from earlier allonge, from French allonger ‘lengthen’.

Pronunciation

lunge

/lʌn(d)ʒ/

Main definitions of lunge in English

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lunge2

(also longe)

nounPlural lunges

  • A long rein on which a horse is held and made to move in a circle round its trainer.

    ‘a few sessions on the lunge will improve your riding’
    as modifier ‘a lunge line’
    • ‘In front of me, on the end of the longe line, L.P. moved from a halt to walk.’
    • ‘His transition, encouraged by a firm command and tension on his lunge line, was quite smooth.’
    • ‘Do you have a tack room full of various bits, halters, lead ropes, lunge whips, lunge lines, and other training equipment or behavior modifiers?’
    • ‘If you don't ride regularly with an instructor, and have a reliable horse, there are many exercises that you can do on horseback without the lunge line to test your position.’
    • ‘You may use a longe line or a buggy whip or some form of bribery to get your horse into that trailer.’
    • ‘She scolded, snatching a lunge rope from one of the men.’
    • ‘It felt strange at first as Sarah led her into the arena, but after a few circles on the lunge Amber felt herself relaxing.’
    • ‘The long lunge whip used for training horses has a uniform diameter.’
    • ‘Sabrina swayed gently with the canter, her mother watching Sabrina's every move, as she kept the Clydesdale on the lunge line at a steady pace.’
    • ‘Trek picked up the long lunge whip, and pointed it at Shiloh's hip.’
    • ‘Jerry Lee worked her for about 20 minutes then saddled her and put her on a lunge line.’
    • ‘Before beginning work on the lunge, it is advisable to ask your vet to check his teeth to make sure there are no sharp points or Wolf teeth in need of removing.’
    • ‘This person has to be able to lead your horse on a longe.’
    • ‘She held out her hand behind him this time, knowing there would be no need for the lunge whip or lead line.’
    • ‘I still had a hold on the lunge line so I swiveled around and was able to stop him before he got completely away.’
    • ‘It might be a twirl or a flick or the tap of a lariat or a longe line or a whip.’
    • ‘Willingham had come into the ring where Sabrina had attached a lunge line to the filly's bridle.’
    • ‘Mary unhooks the longe line; I take the reins and circle Tree Top at a canter on my own, relaxed and more in balance than I can ever remember.’
    • ‘Now would be a good time to help your horse to become accustomed to the lunge whip.’

verblunged, lunging, lunges, lungeing

[with object]
  • Exercise (a horse) on a lunge.

    ‘it seemed wise to lunge him first, as he had not been ridden for days’
    • ‘There are lots of good reasons to longe your horse, as long as you do it well.’
    • ‘I longed the horse for a while and Barbara began to ride him a few weeks later.’
    • ‘By longeing your horse, you are given the ability to watch him from the ground, so you can monitor his movement, his soundness and his natural frame.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French longe, from allonge ‘lengthening out’.

Pronunciation

lunge

/lʌn(d)ʒ/

Main definitions of lunge in English

: lunge1lunge2lunge3

lunge3

nounPlural lunges

North American

Pronunciation

lunge

/lʌn(d)ʒ/