Main definitions of lunge in US English:

: lunge1lunge2lunge3

lunge1

noun

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

    ‘he made a lunge at her’
    • ‘Once again, Daikon comprised an attack and made his outstretched hand lunge at Seltu's neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eaher abruptly turned to the offensive, stepping in with a lunge at Tahr's shoulder, sword at arm's length.’
    • ‘Earlier this week, a Blackwater dude made an unprovoked lunge at our car after Kyle tried to take a picture of him.’
    • ‘‘He is probably going to tell us that we are making a lunge for this scepter tomorrow, no doubt,’ Josh answered.’
    • ‘One of them sprang at me and made a lunge for my throat.’
    • ‘I shrieked, making a lunge for her but from somewhere behind someone grabbed me… held me back.’
    • ‘He claimed Mr Hall was ‘dancing about’ as the train approached and eventually admitted he made a drunken lunge at him from behind.’
    • ‘With a sudden lunge at the commodore, he sent the other man stumbling 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.’
    • ‘I make a lunge for freedom as he pulls up his trousers.’
    • ‘Taking a chance, I ran towards her as ‘Simon’ made a lunge for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Colin made a lunge for it, grabbed it and said, ‘I want one!’’
    • ‘Link made a sudden lunge at the squirrel, attempting to get it back.’
    • ‘She dove into a sideways roll and made a lunge at his side, which he avoided easily by stepping out of the way.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Move on to walking lunges, forward and backward.’
      • ‘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.
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many multijoint exercises such as walking lunges, running stairs with weights and dumbbell squats while lunging will promote positive changes in body composition.’
      • ‘Add lower-body strength exercises such as squats and lunges, using enough weight that your muscles fatigue between eight and 12 repetitions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All workouts include push-ups, lunges, abdominal exercises and stretching performed on the treadmill while it is off.’
      • ‘Resistance training such as chin-ups, lunges or simply pushing your physiotherapy exercises to the extreme are all useful when strengthening essential skiing muscles.’
      • ‘Pushups, lunges and handstands are the most productive and efficient exercises for training strength, balance and coordination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When performing leg exercises, only supported lunges or squats should be performed, especially after the first trimester.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even the U.S. Olympic Committee promotes walking lunges for competitive bowlers to strengthen their legs and core.’
      • ‘He used movements he never relied on before, such as lunges and hyperextensions to isolate his hams rather than his lower back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do lunges using a Smith machine beginning with 25-50 pounds.’
      • ‘Some of the best exercises include compound movements such as squats, lunges and leg presses.’

verb

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

    ‘John lunged forward and grabbed him by the throat’
    ‘the sequined guests lunged at the food’
    • ‘I lunged at her and grabbed her around the waist, thanking her with the deepest, most passionate kiss inside me.’
    • ‘Phyrendi lunged at him, grabbing him around the neck and digging in her nails.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He then lunged at her and grabbed her around the throat, thrusting her against the side of the pool.’
    • ‘She lunged at Jen, grabbing her by the throat and knocking her to the ground.’
    • ‘He lunged at her and grabbed her wrist, attempting to rid her of her weapon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At this point Lady E lunged at the American and began to shake her.’
    • ‘Morgan lunged at Katazheniya, grabbing her hand and pulling her back out through the bathroom door.’
    • ‘It jumped, grabbed and lunged at three of us before wandering off towards the piece of wreck we had just left.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He lunged at her with a knife and grabbed the money back.’
    • ‘He was heading towards the casket once again but Rachel lunged at him and grabbed on to his back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three cops testified that Dorismond then lunged at Vasquez, grabbing for his weapon.’
    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’
      • ‘Jengo lunged his sword forward, impaling the blade in another creature's mouth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lilac suddenly looked at Risaku and lunged her body into his strong arms.’
      • ‘He quickly lunged the sword into the stomach of his former companion.’
      • ‘Suddenly, Zeather lunges his sword at Pristine, aiming for her neck.’
      • ‘She spun around and lunged her sword into the beast's mouth as it broke out to the surface and dove at her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tenko tried to lunge the spear into Phish's chest, but Phish pushed Tenko off of him before he could.’
      • ‘Immediately, Seltu lunged his body at his foe, hoping finally to rid himself of her wearisome life.’
      • ‘And at the same time, they lunged their swords into Vee's mother and sister.’
      • ‘Not even halfway on the platform, he lunged the sword forwards, giving Setsunai a hard time in killing him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The demon lunged his sword at Ashlee, and she quickly parried the blow.’
      • ‘Lou reached back her fist and lunged it forward, knocking one guy into another one and down they went.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lasisitus began to chant again, while Xerces lunged his sword to the mouth.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

lunge

/lənj//ləndʒ/

Main definitions of lunge in US English:

: lunge1lunge2lunge3

lunge2

noun

Pronunciation

lunge

/lənj//ləndʒ/

Main definitions of lunge in US English:

: lunge1lunge2lunge3

lunge3

noun

North American

Pronunciation

lunge

/lənj//ləndʒ/