grasp for

phrasal verb

grasped for; grasping for; grasps for
: to try in a desperate or awkward way to get (something)
His sudden decision to quit the race has left his supporters grasping for explanations.
grasping for attention

Examples of grasp for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Victims grasp for answers In late June, more than 10 weeks after surviving the shooting by hiding in the bathroom, Schwartz met with detectives investigating the killings. Joshua Lott, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 Leaders throughout the Middle East are grasping for responses that channel the public’s outrage while guarding their own interests. Hannah Allam, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 But really, though, this is Krieps’ show, another elegantly virtuosic, intelligent turn that, in this case, imbues sickness with dignity so that every strained grasp for breath feels like a victory for autonomy. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Luke is grasping for help on what defines him now because work has only ever defined him and achieving has only ever defined him. TIME, 17 Oct. 2023 The new charge left historians grasping for precedents. William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 Els says various government agencies and private hostage negotiators got in touch, grasping for more clues about her husband's whereabouts -- but to no avail. Allie Weintraub, ABC News, 5 Oct. 2023 The city had trudged through a tough budget year, pleaded with federal workers to come back to its empty office buildings and grasped for new ways to revitalize downtown as the commercial real estate market floundered. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 The biggest play of the sequence came on third and 10, when Jefferson eluded a sack try, made a move to leave Sam grasping for air and ran 25 yards on a scramble to the LSU 31. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2023 See More

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“Grasp for.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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