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(used before a noun) Having an extremely or inordinately loud or strong voice, as of someone with very robust lungs. Despite her petite frame, the leather-lunged lead singer was able to shake the audience with her soulful outpourings.
lunge at (someone or something)
To leap toward someone or something, especially with the intent of grabbing, attacking, or striking them or it. The criminal lunged at the police officer with a knife, but the cop was able to subdue him without difficulty. The lion lunged at the gazelle, burying its claws and teeth into the animal's hindquarters.
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lunge for (someone or something)
To leap forward to grab, attack, or strike someone or something. The criminal lunged for the police officer with a knife, but the cop was able to subdue him without difficulty. The lion lunged for the gazelle, burying its claws and teeth into the animal's hindquarters. I was expecting a call from a girl I liked, so I lunged for the phone the moment it rang so no one else would answer it.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
lunge at someone or something
to jump or dive at someone or something. The dog lunged at the man, but he got out of the way without getting bitten. The dog lunged at the bicycle.
See also: lunge
lunge for someone or something
to charge or jump at someone or something; to attack someone or something. The mugger lunged for her, but she dodged him. Ted lunged for the door, but Bill beat him to it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.