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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: allonger 'to make longer, put (your arm) out'

lunge

verb
     
lunge [intransitive]
to make a sudden strong movement towards someone or something, especially to attack them
lunge at/forward/towards/out etc
The goats lunged at each other with their horns.
John lunged forward and grabbed him by the throat.
lunge noun [countable]
Brad made a lunge towards his opponent, but missed.

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