To leave one in the lurch

In the game of cribbage, to leave one's adversary so far behind that the game is won before he has scored thirty-one.
To leave one behind; hence, to abandon, or fail to stand by, a person in a difficulty.
- Denham.

See also: Lurch, Lurch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.