grasp at

phrasal verb

grasped at; grasping at; grasps at
: to try to take or get (something) in an eager or desperate way
They were ready to grasp at any possible solution.
He grasped at the opportunity to speak with her.

Examples of grasp at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This collection invites readers into one Black woman’s experiences encountering absences, seeing beyond the empty spaces and grasping at the glimmers of glory that remain. Martha Yesowitch, Charlotte Observer, 6 June 2024 The functionality is a little hard to grasp at first, which is probably why TextExpander forces you through a tutorial. PCMAG, 16 May 2024 With Alcala in the wind, former Detective Steve Hodel was grasping at thin air. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 14 May 2024 This represents to me a full circle of dedication to a craft (acting, in this case), grasping at the highest moment and then restarting the process again. Michael Slenske, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2024 There's also a creepy rocking cradle, a bird's egg falling from a tree top and shattering, and long fingers grasping at a pregnant belly. Lauren Huff,, 25 Aug. 2023 But a last-act grasp at profundity in Ruth Greenberg’s screenplay feels unearned. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Or the time her son grasped at her hand and was puzzled to find only an empty sleeve. Safak Timur Emin Ozmen, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 And the third act hits you like a third martini: You are dragged along on the potent tide, buoyed by memories of former rationality, grasping at understanding. Raven Smith, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2024

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“Grasp at.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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