reach for

phrasal verb
reached for; reaching for; reaches for

Definition of reach for

1 : to move one's hand in order to get or touch (someone or something) She reached for the salt and pepper. He reached into his pocket for a dime.
2 : to try hard to achieve or succeed at (something) Success won't come to you, you have to reach for it.

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“Reach for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reach%20for. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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