clutch/grasp at straws

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of clutch/grasp at straws

: to try to solve a problem by doing things that probably will not help
  • I asked her for a loan. I didn't think she'd agree, but at that point I was grasping at straws.

Word by Word Definitions

clutch play
  1. : to grasp or hold with or as if with the hand or claws usually strongly, tightly, or suddenly

  2. : clench

  3. : to seek to grasp and hold

  1. : the claws or a hand in the act of grasping or seizing firmly

  2. : an often cruel or unrelenting control, power, or possession

  3. : the act of grasping, holding, or restraining

  1. : made or done in a crucial situation

  2. : successful in a crucial situation

  1. : a nest of eggs or a brood of chicks

  2. : group, bunch

grasp play
  1. : to make the motion of seizing : clutch

  2. : to take or seize eagerly

  3. : to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms

  1. : handle

  2. : embrace

  3. : hold, control

straw play straws
  1. : stalks of grain after threshing

  2. : a natural or artificial heavy fiber used for weaving, plaiting, or braiding

  3. : a dry coarse stem especially of a cereal grass

  1. : made of straw

  2. : of, relating to, or used for straw

  3. : of the color of straw : pale yellow in color


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