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grasp (or clutch or catch) at straws (or a straw)

Definition of grasp or clutch or catch at straws or a straw in English:

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]
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.
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