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Physical ActionPlay
Describes a brisk movement towards something, often with the intent to grab or catch. SlideShe watched the hawk lunge for its prey.
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Metaphorical UsePlay
Can refer to any quick attempt or initiative, not just physical ones. SlideHe made a lunge at answering the question first.
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Aggressive ImplicationPlay
Often implies a sudden, possibly aggressive, move towards someone or something. SlideThe protester made a lunge at the politician.