grab at/for

phrasal verb

grabbed at/for; grabbing at/for; grabs at/for
: to quickly stretch out one's hand and try to touch or hold (something or someone)
People were grabbing at her as she walked through the crowd.
He grabbed for the ball and missed.
often used figuratively
We grabbed at the chance to go.
political parties grabbing for power

Examples of grab at/for in a Sentence

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“Grab at/for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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