- 1 [mass noun] Dried stalks of grain, used especially as fodder or as material for thatching, packing, or weaving: [as modifier]: a straw hatMore example sentences
- This unique facility will be constructed with natural materials - plastered straw bale walls with a turf roof.
- The directive does require farmers to supply pigs with rooting materials such as straw, hay, wood, sawdust, compost or peat.
- I am afraid I do not follow the reasoning as wheat straw thatch has been a common roof covering for hundreds of years.
- 1.1 [count noun] A single dried stalk of grain: the tramp sat chewing a strawMore example sentences
- To tickle a horse's belly with a straw (the childhood memory), she had to select a single straw.
- She stares at him and he looks at her and she asks, ‘Why are you chewing a straw?’
- ‘Of course,’ Mike replied between chews on a straw held carelessly between his teeth.
- 1.2A pale yellow colour like that of straw.More example sentences
- Leaving Graham to paint a rather pleasant pale straw yellow on the guestroom walls I went off for my weekend provisioning shop.
- In the glass it is pale straw yellow; on the nose it is softly floral.
- With the first frost in the fall, it goes dormant and changes from green in color to a straw or pale yellow-brown.
- 2A thin hollow tube of paper or plastic for sucking drink from a glass or bottle.More example sentences
- She was straddled across a terrified studenty looking lad who was drinking from a straw in the bottle.
- They are then asked to blow through a straw into a glass tube with a screw cap lid.
- To keep the stems standing straight, slip them into clear plastic drinking straws or vinyl tubing.
clutch (or grasp or catch) at straws
- Be in such a desperate situation as to resort to even the most unlikely means of salvation.[from the proverb a drowning man will clutch at a straw]More example sentences
- His dreams are wrong-headed and he clutches at straws, missing the salvation that's offered him.
- This is a case of desperate men clutching at straws.
- When interventionists resort to that kind of argument, they are grasping at straws.
draw the short straw
- Be the unluckiest of a group of people, especially in being chosen to perform an unpleasant task.More example sentences
- He drew the short straw when we ran out of room in the shelter).
- The captain's 17-year-old cousin drew the short straw.
- Limerick drew the short straw, now having to travel to Glasnevin to play a St Vincent's side that has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent weeks.
- Draw lots.More example sentences
- We drew straws to decide on who would do the shooting.
- So if there's a problem upstairs that is in the way, then you have to draw straws.
- Given David's interest in his wine cellar, it's a great bonus to be able to sample freely from his wine list without having to draw straws about who drives home.
the last (or final) straw
- A further difficulty or annoyance, typically minor in itself but coming on top of a series of difficulties, that makes a situation unbearable: his affair was the last straw[from the proverb the last straw breaks the (laden) camel's back]More example sentences
- But the recent incident, just two doors up from her house, involving a truck driver who has since admitted being over the drink drive limit, was the final straw.
- The problem of the compensation payment, coupled with difficulties in keeping up with Inland Revenue repayments, proved the final straw for the club.
- Shops and vehicles have been targeted in the latest series of attacks in Kew and it has proved the final straw for local people.
not care (or give) a straw (or two straws)
- Not have the slightest concern about: you don’t care a straw what I thinkMore example sentences
- But the King did not care a straw whether the sweet young woman he intended to marry spoke or not.
- He was wrong in supposing that he did not care a straw who should have bought the old place.
- It reads, ‘I do not care a straw whether To-day is spelled with a hyphen or without.’
a straw in the wind
- chiefly British A slight hint of future developments.More example sentences
- It is a snapshot, a straw in the wind and should only be regarded as an unscientific measure.
- This nastiness is just a straw in the wind, a small beginning.
- The Senate's refusal last year to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty may have been a straw in the wind.
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- We passed through a narrow gate, left open, and saw an empty cattle shed, and next to it a circular pig sty, with a few great swine rooting through the strawy mud.
- But every year, for the next 15, I hauled many loads of strawy manure out there and worked it in.
- It was this issue that caused Martin Luther to label James ‘a right strawy book.’
Old English strēaw, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stroo and German Stroh, also to strew.
More definitions of strawDefinition of straw in:
- The US English dictionary