Main definitions of lunge in English

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lunge1

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘He claimed Mr Hall was ‘dancing about’ as the train approached and eventually admitted he made a drunken lunge at him from behind.’
    • ‘Link made a sudden lunge at the squirrel, attempting to get it back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of them sprang at me and made a lunge for my throat.’
    • ‘At the heart of Wyler's tale is his desperate lunge at fame and riches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She dove into a sideways roll and made a lunge at his side, which he avoided easily by stepping out of the way.’
    • ‘I make a lunge for freedom as he pulls up his trousers.’
    • ‘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 shrieked, making a lunge for her but from somewhere behind someone grabbed me… held me back.’
    • ‘With a sudden lunge at the commodore, he sent the other man stumbling back.’
    • ‘Earlier this week, a Blackwater dude made an unprovoked lunge at our car after Kyle tried to take a picture of him.’
    • ‘Once again, Daikon comprised an attack and made his outstretched hand lunge at Seltu's neck.’
    • ‘Colin made a lunge for it, grabbed it and said, ‘I want one!’’
    • ‘Taking a chance, I ran towards her as ‘Simon’ made a lunge for me.’
    • ‘‘He is probably going to tell us that we are making a lunge for this scepter tomorrow, no doubt,’ Josh answered.’
    • ‘No British record has ever made such a naked lunge for the American market.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Noah made a wild lunge for her, grabbing her around the waist and lifting her effortlessly off the ground.’
    • ‘Eaher abruptly turned to the offensive, stepping in with a lunge at Tahr's shoulder, sword at arm's length.’
    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.
      • ‘Move on to walking lunges, forward and backward.’
      • ‘Start standing and inhale while stepping your left leg into a forward lunge with your left knee directly over your ankle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 An exercise or gymnastic movement resembling the lunge of a fencer.
      • ‘All workouts include push-ups, lunges, abdominal exercises and stretching performed on the treadmill while it is off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He used movements he never relied on before, such as lunges and hyperextensions to isolate his hams rather than his lower back.’
      • ‘Add lower-body strength exercises such as squats and lunges, using enough weight that your muscles fatigue between eight and 12 repetitions.’
      • ‘Pushups, lunges and handstands are the most productive and efficient exercises for training strength, balance and coordination.’
      • ‘Then on Wednesday work the legs with lunges, bridges and split squats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Resistance training such as chin-ups, lunges or simply pushing your physiotherapy exercises to the extreme are all useful when strengthening essential skiing muscles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When performing leg exercises, only supported lunges or squats should be performed, especially after the first trimester.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of the best exercises include compound movements such as squats, lunges and leg presses.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Make a lunge:

    ‘McCulloch raised his cudgel and lunged at him’
    ‘John lunged forward and grabbed him by the throat’
    • ‘I lunged at her and grabbed her around the waist, thanking her with the deepest, most passionate kiss inside me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, fake the jumper and drive if the defender lunges toward you to stop the shot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three cops testified that Dorismond then lunged at Vasquez, grabbing for his weapon.’
    • ‘He lunged at her and grabbed her wrist, attempting to rid her of her weapon.’
    • ‘At this point Lady E lunged at the American and began to shake her.’
    • ‘Thinking Sinéad dead, he lunged at Nichola with the other knife.’
    • ‘He then lunged at her and grabbed her around the throat, thrusting her against the side of the pool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It jumped, grabbed and lunged at three of us before wandering off towards the piece of wreck we had just left.’
    • ‘Phyrendi lunged at him, grabbing him around the neck and digging in her nails.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He lunged at her with a knife and grabbed the money back.’
    • ‘I only touched his shoulder when he lunged at Harry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Morgan lunged at Katazheniya, grabbing her hand and pulling her back out through the bathroom door.’
    • ‘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. 1.1[with 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.’
      • ‘Immediately, Seltu lunged his body at his foe, hoping finally to rid himself of her wearisome life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lou reached back her fist and lunged it forward, knocking one guy into another one and down they went.’
      • ‘Lasisitus began to chant again, while Xerces lunged his sword to the mouth.’
      • ‘The demon lunged his sword at Ashlee, and she quickly parried the blow.’
      • ‘She spun around and lunged her sword into the beast's mouth as it broke out to the surface and dove at her.’
      • ‘With that he lunged the sword to her and held his breath as it sailed towards her.’
      • ‘Jean nodded and was quick to strike, lunging his sword in Tyson's direction.’
      • ‘Tenko tried to lunge the spear into Phish's chest, but Phish pushed Tenko off of him before he could.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And at the same time, they lunged their swords into Vee's mother and sister.’
      • ‘Lilac suddenly looked at Risaku and lunged her body into his strong arms.’
      • ‘Suddenly, Zeather lunges his sword at Pristine, aiming for her neck.’
      • ‘Not even halfway on the platform, he lunged the sword forwards, giving Setsunai a hard time in killing him.’
      • ‘He lunged the sword in her direction, stopping precisely before it impaled her throat.’
      • ‘Sammael waited for a moment before lunging his sword at Jessam.’

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)

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘I still had a hold on the lunge line so I swiveled around and was able to stop him before he got completely away.’
    • ‘His transition, encouraged by a firm command and tension on his lunge line, was quite smooth.’
    • ‘Trek picked up the long lunge whip, and pointed it at Shiloh's hip.’
    • ‘The long lunge whip used for training horses has a uniform diameter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It felt strange at first as Sarah led her into the arena, but after a few circles on the lunge Amber felt herself relaxing.’
    • ‘You may use a longe line or a buggy whip or some form of bribery to get your horse into that trailer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She scolded, snatching a lunge rope from one of the men.’
    • ‘Jerry Lee worked her for about 20 minutes then saddled her and put her on a lunge line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She held out her hand behind him this time, knowing there would be no need for the lunge whip or lead line.’
    • ‘Now would be a good time to help your horse to become accustomed to the lunge whip.’
    • ‘Do you have a tack room full of various bits, halters, lead ropes, lunge whips, lunge lines, and other training equipment or behavior modifiers?’
    • ‘This person has to be able to lead your horse on a longe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In front of me, on the end of the longe line, L.P. moved from a halt to walk.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Exercise (a horse) on a lunge:

    ‘it seemed wise to lunge him first, as he had not been ridden for days’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are lots of good reasons to longe your horse, as long as you do it well.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

lunge

/lʌn(d)ʒ/

Main definitions of lunge in English

: lunge1lunge2lunge3

lunge3

noun

North American

Pronunciation:

lunge

/lʌn(d)ʒ/